Samaritans Cymru needs you! Find them at the National Eisteddfod of Wales 2016

Samaritans Cymru are calling out for new volunteers in Wales at this year’s National Eisteddfod. Volunteers will be attending the largest cultural event of its kind in Europe to engage with new and potential recruits in order to continue helping as many people as possible across Wales.

Samaritans have nine branches in Wales that manage their emotional support service, reach out into their local communities and support those who are struggling to cope round the clock, every day of the year. The demand for the Samaritans service is ever increasing - last year, they took a call every three minutes in Wales.

Emma Harris, Policy & Communications Officer said –

“Volunteers are the heart of Samaritans. We welcome and value every volunteer, from all walks of life. Whatever your interests, experience or skills, we have a role for you. You can make an amazing difference at Samaritans. We currently have over 20,000 volunteers giving up a few hours of their time every few weeks to help support people around the UK find their way, through whatever is troubling them. It is vital we maintain our volunteer base in Wales, please pop along and say hello at this year’s National Eisteddfod – we’re at stand 227!”

Benefits of becoming a Samaritans volunteer-

  • change peoples’ lives
  • contribute and share existing skills
  • develop new listening and communication skills you can use in all aspects of your life
  • meet new people from all different kinds of backgrounds and cultures
  • improve your CV
  • give something back to your local community

If you are interested in volunteering in Wales, please call us on 03705 62 72 82 (UK), email us at volunteering@samaritans.org or write to us at Samaritans, Volunteering Department, The Upper Mill, Kingston Road, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 2AF

The National Eisteddfod of Wales 2016 will take place from July 29th – August 6th 2016 at Castle Meadows, Abergavenny.

Samaritans is available round the clock, every single day of the year, to listen and offer confidential support when things are getting to you. Please call 116 123 (this number is FREE and will not show up on your phone bill) or call the Welsh Language Line on 0808 164 0123 (This number is free to call and open from 7pm - 11pm 7 days a week) You can also email jo@samaritans.org, or visit www.samaritans.org to find details of the nearest branch.

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Notes to Editors:

  • Samaritans is a registered charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in emotional distress. In Wales, Samaritans works locally and nationally to raise awareness of the service and reaches out into local communities to support people who are struggling to cope.  We seek to use our expertise and experience to improve policy and practice and are active contributors to the development and implementation of Wales Suicide and Self Harm Prevention Action Plan ‘Talk to Me 2’.
  • Samaritans is available round the clock, every single day of the year, to listen and offer confidential support when things are getting to you. Please call 116 123 (this number is FREE and will not show up on your phone bill), email jo@samaritans.org, or visit www.samaritans.org to find details of the nearest branch.
  • It’s the public’s kind donations and more than 21,000 trained volunteers that mean Samaritans is always there for anyone struggling to cope. For further information, please contact Samaritans’ press office on 020 8394 8300 or press@samaritans.org.

 

 

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