Volunteering at Barnstaple Samaritans

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Barnstaple Samaritans, you really could make a difference to somebody's life. 

We are always looking for new volunteers from any walk of life.  

We are primarily a listening service so most of our 'listening' volunteers are involved with that but we do have other roles in our branch that are covered by an amazing bunch of support volunteers, this includes fund raising, publicity, administration - so if you wanted to volunteer but feel that maybe listening is not for you, we have lots of other opportunities !

As a 'listening' volunteer you will be asked to do a 3hr shift with another volunteer once a week, then once a month do a 6hr night shift.  During a shift you will be answering the phones to distressed and suicidal callers and answering e-mails from other callers who prefer to write about their thoughts and feelings.  Before you start answering the phones to distressed callers you will receive the standard 'Samaritans Initial Training' (SIT) in a group of new volunteers over a period of a few weeks, and then you will be eased in to answering calls, first listening in on calls taken by experienced volunteers, and then taking calls yourself while being supported by an experienced volunteer.  There are always at least 2 volunteers on a shift so you would never be alone answering calls.

So if you would like to volunteer at our branch, either as a 'listening' volunteer or a 'support' volunteer  then please complete the application form by clicking on the link on the right-hand-side, or by ringing the phone number on the home page of this web site. 

Once you have completed an application form you will be invited to attend one of our information meetings & then go onto a Selection Day where you will find out a whole lot more about who we are & what we do.