The Derry branch of Samaritans have appealed to local people who may be interested in becoming volunteers to attend an information evening at their centre in Clarendon Street tonight.
The group are currently recruiting new volunteers for the North West and information sessions will be held tonight and Thursday night at 16 Clarendon Street at 7.30 p.m.
Volunteers must be good listeners, caring individuals and people who do not judge.
Samaritans provide emotional support to people who are in distress or despair or who are feeling suicidal.
No matter what the issue, Samaritans listen to callers and provide emotional support. Samaritans provide emotional support to people who are in distress or despair or who are feeling suicidal. Callers can drop into the local branch at 16, Clarendon Street, Derry between 10am and 10pm, ring 028 71 265511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Samaritans aim to respond to all emails within 24 hours of them being sent.
By offering emotional support to callers Samaritans vision is that fewer people die by suicide. Find out more about Samaritans on www.samaritans.org.
If you would like to support Samaritans in a role which doesn’t involve listening to callers there are also a number of other ways you can get involved. You could help with administration, fundraising or outreach work. In the administration role you would be assisting the day to day running of the branch by proving essential administration support. In fundraising you would be helping to raise vital funds for the branch to keep it running and providing support for the local community.
Furthermore in outreach work you would be raising awareness of Samaritans and the service it offers.
To find out more about the opportunities available within Samaritans log on to www.samaritans.org.