Could you be a Samaritan?

Are you a good listener? Do your friends tell you about their problems? Do you find at parties that people start telling you about their lives? If so, you could have what it takes to be a Samaritan.

The volunteers who make up Samaritans come from all walks of life. They are ordinary people – taxi drivers, lawyers, accountants, students, teachers, parents, people out of work, and they range in age from 20 to 80. Your neighbour might be one, or the check-out person at the supermarket.

But they are also special people. They know how to listen and empathise. They are warm and patient, and have lots of common sense. They are people who are willing to spend a few hours a week and one night approximately every six weeks listening to people who need someone to talk to and giving them the care and attention they need in their particular circumstances.

Applicants are carefully selected for their personal qualities and skills and undergo a searching interview, comprehensive training and ongoing support. There are training courses in March, July and October each year.

If you think you've got what it takes to be a Samaritan volunteer, call us now on 04 472 3676, or fill out the form remembering to select which Samaritans Centre you are applying for. A volunteer coordinator will contact you.