Samaritans seeks volunteers to light up the night

Samaritans in London, the North, Wales, Scotland and the Midlands are on the hunt for new volunteers to light up the night for callers by offering emotional support for people struggling to cope.

The charity hopes to encourage people to sign up online and has produced a short, animated video highlighting the fact that people feeling overwhelmed at night are not alone, and encouraging people to join Samaritans’ network of volunteers.

The night time can be particularly tough for people feeling overwhelmed and Samaritans wants to recruit people willing to give up a few hours overnight, or in the early hours of the morning, once or twice a month, so people have someone to turn to.

Katie Underwood from the Central London Branch said: “Supporting people through the night is such an important part of what Samaritans does. Initially I was worried about the idea of night shifts but, having done a couple, I can honestly say they’re some of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. I’m just there to listen, but for someone alone at 3am that could be everything they need.

“I was fully supported throughout my training and I’ve met so many amazing people along the way. You are part of family when you become a Samaritans volunteer, and I find myself using the listening skills I’ve learnt through volunteering in my personal life every day.”

More than 20,000 Samaritans volunteers at 201 branches respond to the 5.7 million calls for help every year the charity receives in the UK and Ireland. Samaritans is always in need of more volunteers be there for more people.

All volunteers receive full support and training to ensure they are confident and equipped to listen to others and help them work through their problems.

If you would like to be the light in the dark for our callers find out more here.

For further information or interview requests, contact Samaritans’ press office on 020 8394 8300 or press@samaritans.org.

  • Whatever you’re going through, you can call Samaritans for free any time from any phone on 116 123 (this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill), or you can email jo@samaritans.org, or visit www.samaritans.org to find details of your nearest branch.
  • The charity relies on donations from the public and more than 20,000 trained volunteers that mean Samaritans is always there for anyone struggling to cope. Find out how you can support us: http://www.samaritans.org/support-us