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.


  • Age restrictions
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance

When can I volunteer?

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182a Farnborough Road
GU14 7JL

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