“There are in this world, in every country, people who seem to be ‘ordinary’ but who, when meeting a suicidal or distressed person, turn out to be extraordinary. They can usually save lives. How? They give the sad person their total attention. They do not preach. They have no message. They have nothing to sell. They completely forget themselves. They listen… and listen… and listen.”
“We call these people Samaritans.”
Chad Varah (Founder of Samaritans)
Does the above sound like you? Could you touch another person’s life when it really matters? If so then why not join us!
“We need volunteers in Southampton!”
As an organisation Samaritans has thousands of volunteers and support millions of callers each year. At the Southampton branch we have over 100 volunteers and in 2015 we had more than 30,000 callers! Without the help of our dedicated, committed and hardworking volunteers we wouldn’t be able to support our callers when they need someone the most.
“I felt relieved that somebody actually heard me. Somebody actually cared”
(Quote from a caller)
If you can spare a few hours a week then we’d love to hear from you. There are lots of different ways you can help our branch as a volunteer, which we’ve listed below. If you have any questions or are interested in learning more then drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll email you an invite to our next branch Information Evening where you’ll be able to meet current Samaritans, ask any questions and learn more about what we do.
A role for you –
Listening is what we do best. It's an active skill, which helps you to connect with the person you are talking to. Being a good listener is about caring enough to take time out to be there for another person. Could you listen to a caller’s story and understand how they feel? Can you listen when others might start making judgments, assumptions or offering advice? If you think you can, you may have the potential to become a great Samaritans volunteer.
Being a Samaritan can be very rewarding, but it isn’t always easy, which is why we provide full initial, and on-going, training to all volunteers, as well as ensuring that a solid volunteer support network is in place. Samaritan volunteers agree to offer their time on a regular basis. Although you’ll schedule your own shifts, all volunteers do at least one three or four hour shift (or a night shift) each week and attend all training sessions. If you’re over 18 why not come along to one of our information evenings and find out more?
Support volunteers don’t take calls but help our branch in lots of other ways. From raising the £40,000 we need each year, to putting up posters, to keeping an eye on the drains – there’s lots to do! Therefore we are always looking for support volunteers who can work with us. In particular we need people with skills in the following areas: Publicity, Social Media, Fundraising, Administration, Building Maintenance and ICT. If you feel you could offer some time, no matter how small, and are over 18, why not come along to one of our information evenings and find out how you can help us?
It takes £40,000 a year to run our service and we are now looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to help us establish a new fundraising regime. We’re not looking for someone to do it all but we would like a lead person who can help us review where we are, build a new team and establish some regular fundraising events.
If you have some fundraising ideas and could offer some time, no matter how small, and are over 18, why not come along to one of our information evenings and find out how you can help us?
Are you interested?
If you are interested in finding out more information about volunteering for Southampton Samaritans, there are a number of different ways you can contact us.
For more information please visit http://www.samaritans.org/volunteer-us
Once we have received you initial enquiry we’ll invite you to our next branch Information Evening which we run on average every 4-5 weeks. The Information Evening will help you to learn more about our branch and organisation and help you to decide whether being a volunteer Samaritan is right for you.
Hope to see you there
Recruitment Team - Southampton Samaritans