We are always on the lookout for new people to join our team of volunteers in providing emotional support to our callers. We look for people with the ability to listen without passing judgement. You don’t need any formal qualifications or previous experience but a natural ability to listen and remain open minded is essential. We offer full training and ongoing support. Both the training and telephone duties can now be carried out remotely from the comfort of your own home if required. This reduces any travel time, costs and inconvenience and may suit those based in rural locations.Typically once you are trained you will be asked to work one 2 hour shift per week, at your convenience. As one of our valued volunteers you’ll get to meet people from all walks of life who share the same beliefs. You’ll develop a confidence and the expertise to turn your natural caring instinct, into positive, even life-changing support by phone.
“ It’s a gift that people are opening up to you and telling you something they wouldn’t tell anyone else, a connection, if only for a short time.” Who are we? Samaritans is a confidential, non-judgmental and non-religious listening and support telephone service operating 24 hours a day for people who may be feeling depressed, lonely, and suicidal or just need to talk to someone. This can make the difference between life and death to many. Our volunteers have been providing this invaluable service to anyone who needs it since 1965 and we provide support to over 4000 callers per year in our region. Our free, 24/7, 0800 number is 0800 726 666. Ongoing
Applicants are carefully selected for their personal qualities and skills and undergo extensive training and ongoing support.
weekly 2 hour shifts, can be done from home
The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.