In recognition of Volunteer Awareness Week the Independent Herald profiled two of our Samaritans.
Sue has been a Sam for 15 years and still has a passion for the work. "It's good fun, I wouldn't do it if i didn't love it."
In contrast Emily became a Sam just over 3 years ago, "It's a good feeling to know that you've been there for people who are feeling quite alone and people thanking you for being a listening ear."
At the start of Volunteer Awareness Week Samaritans wanted to take the chance to say THANK YOU to all our hard working, wonderful volunteers. They donate many hours to answering our helpline. Without them, we wouldn't be able to operate and provide our confidential, non-judgmental listening service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And most of all be there to help others.
The theme for Volunteer Awareness Week is volunteering across the generations. Here at Samaritans age isn't a barrier. Our volunteers are everyday people who range in age from 20 to 80.
Hill Street Farmers' Market have been hugely supportive of our Open Day - promoting it to their customers as much as they can.
Samaritans would like to say a big thank you to them and encourage any of our current volunteers or prospective volunteers coming to the Open Day to support them too. Pop in for a cup of coffee on your way to the Open Day or grab a piece of fresh fish, bottle of olive oil or your favourite veggies...the atmosphere is great as they often have music too!
Wellington Samaritans are running an Open Day during Volunteer Awareness Week for those interested in becoming a volunteer. Please visit our centre on Saturday 26th June between 10am and 12 noon. The centre is in Wellington Cathedral Car Park, Hill Street, Thorndon – look for signage.
The date coincides with the Hill Street Market so could be an opportunity to fit in a bit of shopping at the same time?
Samaritans volunteers give up their time 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to listen to the many callers we receive. Wellington Samaritans alone receives in excess of 20,000 calls per year and this effort is replicated across the 6 centres that make up Samaritans in New Zealand.
Please help us to continue this vital work by making a donation now with your credit or debit card using the secure PayPal payment system.
Samaritans operates a telephone listening service for people 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from 6 branches across the North Island.
We are now taking applications for our next training course in June.
Our volunteers come from all walks of life and all our volunteers take part in a comprehensive training course that mixes group training with personal mentoring before answering a single call.
If you think you could be a Sam, why not read the Volunteer page and find out more.
Samaritans has operated its 24/7 telephone support service since 1965.
As a registered charity, Samaritans receives almost no government funding which reinforces its independence and the confidentiality Samaritans offers its callers.
Once a year, Sams take to the streets of Wellington in the Annual Street Appeal to raise awareness of the service and collecting the much needed funds to keep Samaritans operating.
If you think you could help with this years street appeal in whatever capacity, please contact us by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.