We are always looking for volunteers, both listeners and for other support roles within the branch.
Are you a good listener? Do your friends tell you about their problems? Do you find at parties that people start telling you about their lives? If so, you could have what it takes to be a Samaritan.
The volunteers who make up Samaritans come from all walks of life. They are ordinary people – taxi drivers, lawyers, accountants, students, teachers, parents, people out of work, and they range in age from 18 to 80. Your neighbour might be one, or the check-
They are people who are willing to spend a few hours a week and one night approximately every five weeks listening to people who need someone to talk to and giving them the care and attention they need in their particular circumstances.
Applicants are carefully selected for their personal qualities and skills and undergo a searching selection process, comprehensive training and ongoing support.
Listening volunteers take part in the national training programme for new Samaritans, run by our volunteers. They then have a supported introduction to the role, listening to our callers with an experienced volunteer on hand to help them, and a further set of training sessions after a few months to check that they are comfortable with everything. Because of the nature of the volunteering role, we work hard to support each other, and are experienced at ensuring that volunteers are able to go back to their everyday lives without worrying.
If you think you've got what it takes to be a Samaritan volunteer, call us now on 01722 330672, or click on the Volunteer at this branch link on this page. A volunteer coordinator will contact you.
Even though everyone in our branch is a volunteer, it still costs approximately £35,000 each year to run the branch. Support Volunteers make a vital contribution to the branch by undertaking administrative work, helping to publicise Samaritans, and forming the core of our fundraising team. Every year they organise a wide range of fun events to help raise money for the branch, as well as taking on some of the most essential roles that keep us going.
Interested in volunteering?
We are always looking for people with special skils who want to put something back into the community with just a few hours a month providing valuable help.
It might be in IT or assiting with en event.
Can you help raise funds for us?
What about organsing a coffee morning or a pub quiz night? We have lots of ways of raising money and anyway that you can feel help is greatly appreciated.
Download a list of great fund raising ideas here.
If you would like to help with fundraising please email email@example.com.
We run regular information evenings for those interested in volunteering. Click here for dates.
There is no question that we do ask for a level of dedication from our volunteers. Most notably we ask listening volunteers to do one shift per week for normally 3 hours, plus a 6 hour night duty (1am-
However, if you don't feel you can undertake that then please do contact us to discuss other ways in which you might be able to help. In particular we have a number of support volunteer posts covering all kinds of tasks.