Tyneside branch currently has over just over 100 volunteers responding to many of the 5.7 million calls for help the charity answers every year across the UK and Ireland, and are always in need of more volunteers be there for more people.
When you’re feeling overwhelmed, the night time can be particularly tough. Samaritans wants to recruit local people to volunteer willing to give up a few hours overnight or in the early hours of the morning two or three times a month so callers always have someone to turn to.
Samaritans is free to call any time from any phone on 116 123, even a mobile without credit, and the number does not show up on phone bills. People can also email or text if they are more comfortable to do so.
All volunteers receive full training and support to ensure they are confident and equipped to listen to others and help them work through their problems.
Volunteer Mary, who joined Tyneside Samaritans as a listening volunteer, said: “A late night shift is the best for me to be able to listen to people when they need our service the most. To be there for them when they don’t want to worry friends and family in the middle of the night, is a privilege and so rewarding”
Sam, who also joined last year said “If you are like me decide to train as a listening volunteer, you will get far more out of being a Samaritan than you have to give. Being a Samaritans volunteer is fulfilling, rewarding and makes you feel as though you’ve achieved something for those people who are in need of support. I do a mix of day-time and over-night duties to fit around my work and family comitments.”