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Could you be a listening ear for our callers?

Support volunteers needed for Reading Samaritans in RG1

Listening volunteers wanted to provide emotional support to people in distress or despair. You will need to be non-judgemental, patient, calm, not try to solve problems or give advice. We need listening volunteers to do duties at different times from 7.45am-2.30am every day and also through to 6.45am some days.

Samaritans aims to provide a 24 hour service and our volunteers can choose any shifts they like within the times given. They might do different shifts at different times of the month or stick with a favourite time. Every month we will put out a shift rota and volunteers are asked to sign up for the month ahead. So we have vacancies at all times, but flexibility is valuable and night shifts are very valuable to us.

If you can spare about 4 to 5 hours per week including a night shift occasionally then this may be for you.

Volunteers will receive Samaritans’ highly regarded training to support them in their role.

Find out more about volunteering with Reading Samaritans, read Karen and Dave’s Volunteering Story.

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Organisation
Contact person firstname
Sophie Walters, Director
Lastname
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
0118 9266333
Location address line 1
59a Cholmeley Road
Town
Reading
County
Berkshire
Postcode
RG1 3NB

Map
Wheelchair accessible?
Yes
Car parking for the volunteer?
Not specified
Secure bicycle parking?
Not specified
Near public transport?
Yes
How much time?
A few hours a week
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PMMon EVETue AMTue PMTue EVEWed AMWed PMWed EVEThu AMThu PMThu EVEFri AMFri PMFri EVESat AMSat PMSat EVESun AMSun PMSun EVE
Availability required
Any of these times
Task type?
Support
Will suit someone like this:
Prefers a specific rolePrefers a regular scheduleSelf organised/motivatedKeen learnerFollowerSociablePatientSupportiveEmotionally robust
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
No
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
nine modules of 3 hours each spread over 6-8 weeks
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
from our trainers
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
travel
Will I need my own transportation?
No
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Yes
Are references required?
Yes
Will there be an interview?
Yes
Are they properly insured?
Yes
Minimum age
18
Do they need a specific gender?
None
How many volunteers needed?
20
Opportunity added on
7 December 2016

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