Retired GP Kathy explains why she volunteers for Worthing Samaritans
Kathy, a retired GP from Lancing, joined Worthing Samaritans as a Listening Volunteer in 2020. She says, “I went through a bad time about 15-20 years ago when I was in hospital, depressed, suicidal and unable to work. I phoned Samaritans on one occasion and then came into the branch. The volunteer I spoke to was a huge help to me – I've never forgotten. After retiring and wanting to do some voluntary work, I thought of Samaritans. From the information evening on, through selection, training and starting on the phones, I have found all the volunteers to be lovely people.”
“I love the fact that I'm there to listen, to be alongside the caller, without trying to 'fix' them. After my working role, I find this very liberating. I love feeling that I can be there for a caller and focus totally on them for the duration of the call, without any time constraints.
“I think there are many people out there struggling at the moment. Sadly, they can't always get the help they need from statutory services. Although we can't solve their problems, at least Samaritans is there to give callers time and space to talk. Without Samaritans many people would feel that no one is listening to them.
“If you’re thinking about volunteering for Samaritans, I'd say go for it! The training is excellent and Samaritans are a great bunch of friendly people.
“I think joining Samaritans is one of the best things I've ever done. I've been made so welcome and I love the role of a listening volunteer.”
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