Volunteer with Samaritans

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From 03/07/2017

About Opportunity

Volunteering with Samaritans can change someone’s life. Giving a listening ear to people in distress can help them through the most difficult time in their lives. You will receive training which helps you develop as an individual and prepares volunteers to give emotional support to those experiencing distress in their lives such as; divorce, bereavement, unemployment, disability, mental health issues and bullying to name but a few. The Samaritans know that giving distressed people time to talk about their own particular issues, listening to them whilst being non-judgmental and in complete confidence, can help relieve some of that distress. Their vision is to help reduce the number of suicides in the UK as they are available for contact by those in distress 24/7 every day of the year. They can be contacted by phone, email, text and letter and also face to face within branches. Their training prepares volunteers to support people in any of these contacts. Many of their volunteers say it is the most satisfying work they have done.
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About Samaritans of Kirkcaldy & District

Samaritans' vision is that fewer people die by suicide. It is through our network of local branches across the UK and ROI that we seek to offer support for people facing feelings of distress or crisis that can lead to suicide.

Skills & Experience

The Samaritans seek volunteers who can be empathetic, able to listen, understand confidentiality, can be part of a team and non-judgemental. They train volunteers how to best use the skills they have and to develop new skills. No experience is required.

Travel Details

Samaritans' work takes place in their branch at 246 St Clair Street, Kirkcaldy, KY1 2DB. Training takes place in the same venue.


Some adult life experience is felt important.

Work Type

Advice / Information giving

Client Group

Mental health

Expenses Detail

Mileage rates are paid at 40p per mile. Public transport is also paid. Volunteers can claim weekly, monthly or three monthly.

Accessibility Details

Wheelchair Access
Disabled Toilet

Frequency & Commitment

The expectation is for 15 hours in a 4 week period. This usually involves 3 three hour duties and 1 six hour duty. Some volunteers work full time in addition to volunteering and others part time and they find it possible to fit their volunteering dutie

Minimium Age

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

Reference Code

1021 - VO47225

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