Samaritans win big in Wales volunteer awards

Samaritans volunteers in Wales have been recognised in an awards ceremony in Cardiff today (10th June).

The Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) event will focus on six different categories and winners receive awards from BBC news journalist Sian Lloyd.

Two Samaritans volunteers in Wales have been awarded national awards for the ‘Trustee of the Year’ category. Christopher Mill of Haverfordwest branch and former Samaritans Trustee from Wales, and John Ford, Chair of Powys branch in Llandrindod Wells, will be accepting  their awards at the ceremony today.

On winning his award, Christopher Mill said -

"Volunteering with Samaritans is challenging but exceptionally rewarding.  This award is for our hundreds of volunteers and supporters in Wales, and for all those in despair and anxiety they help to feel safer, listened to, and better understood.  Join us – they need you."

Samaritans needs your support

In order to help as many people as possible in Wales and the UK, Samaritans need to recruit new volunteers. 

  • Be a listening volunteer and give support to people who need to talk.
  • Be a support volunteer and help us to raise awareness of our work in Wales,
  • Help to train organisations to approach someone they are concerned about,
  • Help us with the day to day running of our work by providing admin support

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

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.

 

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) 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.
  • 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 029 2022 2008 or wales@samaritans.org, or on weekends 020 8394 8300

 

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