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.
Location address line 1
59a Cholmeley Road
Car parking for the volunteer?
Secure bicycle parking?
Near public transport?
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
Any of these times
Will suit someone like this:
Prefers a specific rolePrefers a regular scheduleSelf organised/motivatedLikes team workKeen learnerFollowerSociablePatientSupportiveEmotionally robust
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
nine modules of 3 hours each spread over 6-8 weeks
Description of support
from our trainers
Description of expenses
Will I need my own transportation?
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Are references required?
Will there be an interview?
Are they properly insured?
Do they need a specific gender?
How many volunteers needed?