Vodafone World of Difference UK programme

So, you are thinking of volunteering... Well, why not get paid a little for it?

Samaritans are looking for people from all walks of life, with all sorts of skills who are passionate about our mission, to spend a few months volunteering, and you can earn a little extra cash!

The World of Difference UK programme gives 500 people the chance to work for their dream charity, and get paid. Over the years The World of Difference UK has helped 100s of people donate their skills and experience to the charities of their choice. Last year, 3 lucky winners got the chance to work with Samaritans - two coming to work at Central Office and another in one of our 201 local branches.

It’s been such a wonderful experience to be a part of events that help raise money and awareness for Samaritans.
 

You lending a hand either full-time for 2 months or part-time for 4 months could make a real difference in services we are able to provide to the community. It’s vital we keep every one of our branches running, support and train 18,000 volunteers, and answer the 5,000,000+ calls received every year! The UK- and ROI-wide branches of Samaritans each have their own fundraising, management and support needs.

2012 World of Difference winner Ayeisha McGugan joined the Community Fundraising team in the Central Office: “It’s been such a wonderful experience to be a part of events that help raise money and awareness for Samaritans.  The whole experience was so incredible and I feel very proud to play a part in making it happen.”

2012 World of Difference winner Helen Butler, placed in the Doncaster branch, says, “Collecting statistics is an important role in any Samaritans branch, and one of my first jobs was to do an audit of 100 random caller contacts to monitor quality. The biggest opportunity I have received from being a World of Difference Winner was having the time and the opportunity to get so much more involved in the Doncaster branch of Samaritans.”

I have learnt a lot about myself since I started this placement and feel so much more rounded as a person.
 

Not only will you get the chance to help other people and get involved with meaningful projects, this programme could also make a huge difference to your self-confidence, and you could learn new skills. 2012 World of Difference Winner Sean Groth, who received a placement in the Central Office Research team explains, “I have learnt a lot about myself since I started this placement and feel so much more rounded as a person. I have worked with some incredibly wonderful people. My academic writing skills have certainly been sharpened. My literature searching and reviewing has taught me a lot not only about my own personal endurance and capabilities but it has also given me a better understanding in issues around suicide and individuals’ emotional wellbeing.”

So, if you’ve got the passion and drive to make a real difference in your local community, why not get involved with Samaritans?
 

How do I apply?

Anyone (existing Samaritans volunteers too) can apply to the program.

If you are interested or know someone who might be interested in the programme and has the passion and skills, visit World of Difference UK where you can find out more information and apply online. A plan for your time with us has to be agreed by the local branch Director or Central Office before your application is submitted to Vodafone.

The research team are looking for individuals with substantial experience of qualitative and/or quantitative research to support them in their research work. To find out more about volunteering within the research team please contact J.Russell@samaritans.org.

For more information on this year's programme email Vodafone at queries@woduk.vodafone.co.uk or contact Erica Thomas (e.thomas@samaritans.org) on the Volunteering team.

Read more about our previous winners' experiences.

Applications close on 13 November so don't miss out!

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