Spotlight on The Samaritans
The phone rings three times. A volunteer picks it up. “Samaritans – can I help you?” And so starts a conversation that may last a few minutes or an hour or so. Volunteers at Cornwall Samaritans, last year received over 50,000 contacts. By phone, email, texts and face to face. Gill Pipkin, the branch director said “We listen, support, we don’t hurry a caller, neither do we tell them what they must do. All in a non-judgemental way, offering absolute confidentiality.”
Volunteers are at the heart of Samaritans and are welcomed from all walks of life and of all ages. Full training is given and there is incredible support at the branch. Gill also mentioned that – “We not only welcome listening volunteers but also people to help support the branch by undertaking a wide range of other activities. Our outreach team do regular shifts at A&E,Camborne Food Bank and public events. We also need support volunteers to help with administrative work, Fundraising, IT, publicity or helping us look after our building. To touch another person’s life when it really matters, by helping them directly, or by keeping our branches running, is a rare gift. If you would like to know more please ask about volunteering and call 01872 222 321 or email email@example.com
As a charity we are solely dependent on our own fund-raising to keep the branch running, at a cost in the region of £50,000 per year. We have our successful Par Market shop and we also run various fund-raising activities during the year – but, as always, our income rarely covers our expenditure. We are always extremely grateful to anyone helping in our fund-raising activities and, if you think you could help in any way, we would love to hear from you.
We have a dedicated team of presenters who regularly give talks to different organisations – churches, WI, Young Farmers. Give us a call if you would like your village / town / group to know more about us. We don’t charge either!
Remember Samaritans are available 24 hrs a day and can be contacted on a FreeCall number 116 123. You can visit our branch anytime between 9am-9pm each day. You don’t have to be suicidal to call us. We’re always here, we offer a safe place to talk. As volunteers we’re ordinary people who keep what you say be- tween us. You can be yourself whoever you are, however you feel, whatever life’s done to you.
Our website – www.samaritans.org/cornwall or find us on Twitter – cornwallsamari1