Three Hours a Week to Support the Samaritans

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. The Kerry branch of The Samaritans is urgently seeking volunteers and is holding an information evening on Friday.

Do you have three hours a week to spare to help support people when they need someone most?

The Kerry branch of the Samaritans is urgently looking to recruit new volunteers for its freephone helpline, which provides a safe, confidential place for people to talk when things are getting to them.

30,000 contacts in 2017

For information on the work Samaritans do, an information night will be held on the coming Friday, October 5th at 7.30pm at their centre in 43-44 Moyderwell, Tralee.

Kerry Samaritans had over 30,000 contacts in 2017. These included telephone calls, texts or emails from people, as well as face to face support given at our branch in Tralee.

Part of Life

“Volunteering with Samaritans is part of my life every week for the past eight years,” said Mary O’Sullivan, a lead volunteer and director of the Kerry branch.

“I’m humbled by our callers and it’s a privilege to be there to listen when a caller reaches out for support.

“The volunteers I work with are amazing people, with everyday lives, who each have a common goal of helping others when they are most in need.

“Our volunteers come from all backgrounds, but their common ground is their care and concern for everyday people in distress who call our freephone helpline,” said Ms. O’Sullivan.

365 Days a Year

Samaritans have 13 branches in the Republic of Ireland and volunteers are available round the clock 365 days a year for anyone who feels they need to talk in confidence about whatever is troubling them. Each branch is run independently and fundraises for its own running costs.

Volunteers are there 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to listen to anyone who feels they need to talk about whatever is worrying them without the fear of being judged.

Further information is available on: 087 1191339. The free phone number for the Samaritans is 116123.

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