Samaritans Sligo will be recruiting new Listening Volunteers once again this September and now more than ever, new Volunteers are needed in order to keep the Sligo Branch open.
For over 31 years, Samaritans Sligo have been providing consistent listening support to those going through times of despair and distress.
Christina Farrington, Director of the Centre, outlines “We’re a voluntary organisation and a recognised charity providing emotional support to those going through difficult or distressing times. By being there to listen, we give people a safe place to explore their feelings, including feelings which may lead to suicide. We’re non-judgmental and our callers can share their stories knowing it is in confidence within Samaritans”.
She continues “Our listening service gives our callers a chance to express themselves when they feel they have no one else to turn to and it is truly a privilege to be there for them in their time of need”.
Samaritans Volunteers are unpaid and come from all walks of life – there are no qualifications required and full-training is given prior to taking calls. Being able to really listen to others, to empathise with them and to allow them to talk about their own feelings is really all is required.
With so many people being affected by suicide in today’s society, Samaritans remain true to their vision by being there to listen and offer emotional support not only to the local community but nationwide.
The service is 24/7 including weekends when other organisations are not available.
As part of this year’s recruitment, Samaritans Sligo have two Information Evenings coming up and invite you to attend either evening.
This is an opportunity to find out more about their work, meet current volunteers and answer any questions you may have.
The Information Evenings will be held on Thursday, September 8 and Saturday, September 10 at 6pm in the Centre on the Mall in Sligo.
There will be a short presentation on each evening followed by an informal interview as part of the selection process.