The Wellington Samaritans Annual Appeal hits the streets of The Coolest Little Capital, this time on Friday August 22 and Saturday August 23. The appeal is a vital part of keeping the service 24/7, 365 days a year, supporting our volunteers so they can keep listening, caring and just being there.
Whirlwind Stories is a really great initiative to help enable men to positively embrace their mental health through the sharing of stories.
They've produced a bunch of postcards and behind each postcard is a man's story. Each story is about difficult times and about that man's ability to survive and adapt and get through the tough stuff. Each story is a story of hope.
They've also dedicated an album, Whirlwind, to the cause and it's great. If you want a copy Marbecks are selling them for a gold coin donation.
A Samaritans volunteer doesn't stand out from the crowd but they are often there when no one else is. Are you a good listener? Could you be a Samaritan (we call them Sams)?
We need day and night time listeners for our Wellington Centre.
Lower Hutt Samaritans are seeking volunteers for their next training course.
They are looking for people who are good listeners, non-judgemental and empathetic, to help us operate our 24-hour helpline. As a volunteer you will be helping people who may be lonely, depressed or suicidal, or who need to talk about problems in their lives.
If you would like to learn new life skills and are available for 2 or 3 hours a week, daytime or evening, please phone our helpline 04 586 1048 to register your interest.
Christmas can be among the most difficult times of the year, highlighting financial pressures, relationship issues or loneliness. To help Samaritans suggest that you
• Drink sensibly or even better avoid alcohol completely
• Keep your expectations of Christmas reasonable - you may not even like Christmas - and that's OK, remember it is just one day in the year
• Talk about how you are feeling to your friends, family, someone you trust or your GP. Remember Samaritans helpline 0800 726 666 is available 24 hours a day - including Christmas Day if you have something on your mind
Samaritans of Wellington saw an 11% increase in calls by for September 2010 (compared to August 2010) with October also seeing a rising average.
“This was partly due to the extension of our 0800 number to help victims of the Canterbury earthquake but was also due to financial concerns with the GST increases and increases in domestic violence,” says Bruce Wall, Chairman, Samaritans of Wellington.
Samaritans of Wellington receives 50-100 calls a day – an average of three calls an hour, or 20,000 calls last year. The busiest times are between 7pm and 2am.
Wellington Samaritans would like to extend a huge thank you to Print Stop Plus for their generosity and support. If you're ever in need of great quality printing visit their store on Panama Street, Wellington. www.printstop.co.nz
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.