Listening Volunteers


A young and healthy man wants to kill himself. Do you tell him he has everything to live for? If you're not sure how to answer, Samaritans really want to hear from you. Your local branch needs people with the ability to listen, without passing judgment. You don't need formal qualifications or previous experience, but a natural ability to listen and remain open minded are essential skills. You must be over 18 and willing to do one shift per week including some late nights/early mornings. Volunteers able to do late night (after midnight) shifts are particularly needed.

Volunteers are required to do one 3 hour shift a week and one unsocial (after midnight or weekend) shift every 4 weeks.


What skills are useful to be a volunteer?
Samaritan volunteers come from all walks of life. They are people who:

are good listeners
question gently, tactfully - without intruding
encourage people to tell their own story in their own time and space
refrain from offering advice and instead offer confidential emotional support
always try to see the other point of view, regardless of their own religious or political views.


  • Suitable for under 18s
  • DBS check required
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer policy
  • Covered by insurance
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Volunteer induction
  • Ongoing support
  • Health and safety policy


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Samaritans Rushmoor & District

182a Farnborough Road

GU14 7JL

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