Volunteers

Location
Leicester, Leicestershire
Salary
Voluntary
Posted
14 Aug 2019
Closes
10 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Part Time

SAMARITANS SEEKS VOLUNTEERS TO LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Samaritans in Leicester are on the hunt for new volunteers to light up the night for callers by offering emotional support for people struggling to cope.

Last year our Leicester Branch responded to over 27,000 calls for help from callers across the UK and Ireland, and we are always in need of more volunteers to be there for more people.

When you’re feeling overwhelmed, the night time can be particularly tough. We are always looking for local people to join our friendly branch of volunteers. We need people who are willing to give up a few hours (including overnight  from 11:30pm to 6am) once or twice a month so people always have someone to turn to.

Samaritans is free to call in confidence any time from any phone on 116 123, even a mobile without credit, and the number does not show up on phone bills. People can also email or text if they are more comfortable to do so.

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.

One of our new volunteers 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 sleep soundly after a night shift, knowing I could have saved a life.

“I was fully supported throughout my training and I’ve met so many amazing people along the way. You’re 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.”

If you’d like to be the light in the dark for our callers then please:

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  It’s the public’s kind donations 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: samaritans.org/support-us

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