Samaritans Kerry Launches Volunteer Recruitment Campaign

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SAMARITANS in Kerry are launching a major volunteer recruitment campaign to encourage people to get involved with the charity to give something back to the local community and help change people’s lives.

They are holding an information evening  next Wednesday, February 21 at  7-30 pm at The Samaritans 43-44 Moyderwell Tralee for their recruitment drive. All are welcome.

Established in Ireland in 1962, there are now 20 Samaritans branches across the country with over 1,800 active volunteers on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Samaritans are best known for the vital support given to callers on its 24-hour telephone service, but volunteers are also on hand to offer support by SMS, email, face-to-face in communities, through written correspondence and in prisons.

Listeners of all ages and walks of life are among those who dedicate three hours a week to those most in need.

A spokesperson for The Kerry branch of the Samaritans said: “There is no better feeling in the world than knowing at the end of your shift that you have truly helped someone in need just by listening, not giving advice or being judgemental but giving the caller time and space to express how they are feeling. Its without doubt a unique and self rewarding role as a volunteer knowing that you have made such a difference in a persons life. The training for a listening volunteer taught me life skills I will have forever in terms of really listening sometimes to not just whats being said but also listening and understanding what the caller has not said or is trying to say. There is many aspects of the training and also the experience from doing duty’s that has helped me professionally and in my every day life. I would highly recommend becoming involved with the Samaritans”.

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