Benefits of volunteering

"I have met some amazing people at Samaritans. They're not people I would normally have met in my day-to-day life and they're from really different backgrounds but I've made some firm friends.
I think I'm more open to people than I was."

Benefits of volunteering

Volunteering is sociable and a great way to meet new people. You will meet like-minded people and can share your ideas and thoughts with others.

You’ll be able to give something back to your local community and help change people’s lives.

Volunteering will help you gain skills that you can use in all aspects of your life and it’s also a good way to use your existing skills to help others.  Volunteering also gives you experience that you can build on for your CV.

I get so much more than I give back; it's humbling and rewarding to be able to help in some small way by being there for people who need us

- Lynsey

There is a lot of support in the listening role. For every shift, there’s a volunteer on hand, called a leader, to support you on duty. At the end of the shift, you can talk to the leader and share your feelings about the conversations you’ve had. You’ll always be on duty with at least one other volunteer, and everyone looks out for each other.

There are other kinds of support in a branch as well, such as a volunteer who you can call and talk to anytime about anything that’s bothering you.

Find out more about volunteering by registering to be invited to an information session at your chosen branch.

Is there anything we haven’t answered? You can contact our central volunteering team with your queries here, or check out 'what else might I need to know'.

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