Cork Samaritans January 2016 Recruitment Campaign

The Cork Branch of the Samaritans will hold a Volunteer Information evening at their premises at 7/8 Coach Street, Cork, on Monday, 18th of Jan 2016, commencing at 7 p.m. The Samaritans welcome and value every volunteer from all walks of life. Age, qualifications or previous experience are irrelevant. You just need a natural ability to listen and remain open minded. The Samaritans will provide you with all the training needed to be a volunteer, as we need more volunteers due to the 30 % increase in our callers since the introduction of the Free Phone number, 116123. We need additional Samaritan Volunteers also to ensure that our branch in Cork remains open 24 hours each day and 365 days each year. Outside of Dublin, we are the only 24 hour branch in the country. In 2015 we dealt with more than 67,000 calls to our branch in Cork, through callers to our branch; through sms and email, and the majority through telephone contact. In addition to listening to our callers we are also engaged in :- Outreach programmes Providing a prison support service for Cork Prison Having a presence at all major festivals Creating an awareness of our role in various towns and cities Providing caller support programmes Providing volunteer care programmes, and Providing initial and ongoing training programmes for all volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering to become a Samaritan, and if you wish to attend our Recruitment Information evening then please contact us soonest, At, recruitment@corksamaritans.ie Phone us at 087 / 0610952 Call to us at 7/8 Coach Street We look forward to welcoming you to Coach Street on...

Samaritans in Cork busier than ever before

Cork Samaritans have had their busiest year to date answering 67,105 calls in the last 12 months. Details of the increase in use of Samaritans service were revealed in the 2014-2015 Impact Report covering Samaritans’ work in Ireland, which was launched in Dublin, on Wednesday the 16th of December. According to the report, over 653,161 calls for help were answered by Samaritans volunteers across Ireland in the last year. Calls to Samaritans have increased by 60% since Samaritans launched a free to caller number 116 123 in March 2014. A partnership between Samaritans, the telecommunications industry, Government and the National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP) has made it possible to call Samaritans at no cost to the caller. Michelle O’Shea, Director of Cork Samaritans said: “The increase in calls show that many people in Ireland are struggling to cope and need a place to turn for support. Removing the barrier of cost has made it easier for people to access support as they no longer have to worry about call charges. It is important that people know that they can talk to us at any time of the day or night about whatever is getting to them. We are here for anyone who needs to talk. It doesn’t matter what kind of problem our callers have, however big or small it may seem compared to the problems other people have.” The issues which people contact Samaritans about have remained consistent over the last number of years. These include family and relationship problems; financial worries; depression and mental health problems; loneliness; and stress and anxiety. Michelle O’Shea added that: “Samaritans...

David’s 4,000km trek for the Cork Samaritans

IT is a mammoth 4,000 kilometre cycle through more than a dozen countries – and a Cork cyclist undertaking it hopes to raise 50 cent for every kilometre for the local Samaritans. David Shorten will call a small tent home for the next two months as he embarks on the 42-day cycle from Cork to Istanbul in Turkey. David’s trip is totally self-funded and he will be camping almost all of the time. He set off on his journey of a lifetime on Saturday by getting the ferry from Ringaskiddy to Roscoff before jumping on the saddle. He hopes to reach the ancient city of Istanbul on October 17, after cycling through the heart of Europe. The journey will be over 4,000km. David said: “I travel over the Alps and through the Balkans. My journey will take me from Ringaskiddy in Cork to Roscoff in France, then straight across France to Stuttgart in Germany, then south through the Alps via Innsburk in Austria before entering Italy. After that it’s Slovenia, down along the Croatian coastline on the Adriatic, before heading inland to Bosnia Herzegovina, followed by Montenegro, Kosovo, Serbia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Greece and finally a little bit of Turkey in the mad run in to the gate way to Asia that is Istanbul.” David said he wanted to raise 50 cent for every kilometre that he cycled, meaning his target is €2,000 by journey’s end. “I’ll be camping almost all of the time, hopefully avoiding land-mines, wolves and wild packs of dogs along the way. I would really appreciate it if you could spare a little money for the...

Samaritans’ calls for people to talk for annual awareness campaign

Samaritans’ annual awareness month, Talk to Us, is taking place throughout July. As part of the campaign, volunteers from Cork are holding awareness events in Cork Kent Railway Station on Friday the 17th of July from 3.30pm – 8pm and in Mallow Railway Station on Friday the 24th of July from 3.30pm – 8pm. They are also hosting a Recruitment Information open night in their Coach Street premises on Wednesday, 22nd July 2015 from 7.30pm to 9pm for people interested in volunteering with them. It will be an opportunity to find out more about what the Cork Samaritans do and the commitment involved. This event is just one of over 100 taking place across Ireland and the UK, as the charity raises awareness of the importance of talking, and its round the clock service, for anyone struggling to cope.  Last year, 196 volunteers from the Cork branch answered 48,664 calls for help, according to the latest figures released by the national charity. Overall in the Republic of Ireland, 1,664 volunteers in Ireland answered 472,968 calls for help. People around Cork can support their local Samaritan services by simply texting ‘CORK’ to 50300* to make a €2 donation which is the cost to the charity of answering one call for help. Michelle O’Shea, the newly appointed director of the Cork Samaritans said: “Come along to our Talk to Us events and find out how Cork Samaritans is making a difference in your local community. We want people to recognise the value of making contact, rather than bottling things up.  People can get in touch with us by phone, email and...

Thank you Cindy

On behalf of the Cork Samaritans, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Cindy O’Shea for her hard work, time, care and commitment in being our director over the last three years. In a recent email to our volunteers she said, “It has been a great privilege and honour to have been your Director for the past three years. I always knew that I represented the finest people and this spurred me on to work to ensure you were never let down, that we developed as a Branch and that people knew about us and the magnificent work we do each and every day. But most importantly I wanted to let potential callers from all walks of life know that there were 200 fine people in Coach Street who would listen unreservedly and support Callers wherever they were and whatever the issue.” From the bottom of our hearts we thank you Cindy. Remember that you can call us for free anytime on 116 123, text us as 087 2 60 90 90 or email us jo@Samaritans.org #talktous...

Cork Samaritans Prison Listening Team win overall Lord Mayor’s Voluntary & Community Award

THE Cork Samaritans Prison Listening Team said that winning the Lord Mayor’s Voluntary & Community Award this week is validation for the work their organisation carries out. Of the 65 nominated organisations across the city, the Samaritans won the overall awards for the work they do with prisoners to reduce instances of suicide and self-harm which are at much higher levels in prison than in the general population. Hundreds of voluntary workers attended the annual ceremony in City Hall on Thursday night sponsored by the Evening Echo. Presenting the awards, the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Mary Shields, said the ceremony was about giving recognition to the people being honoured. We are so grateful for your contributions which have enriched the lives of those around you. You are incredible role models for future generations, and I would like to say thank you on behalf of Cork City Council for everyone you have helped. Commenting after the ceremony, Director of Cork Samaritans, Cindy O’Shea said they were absolutely delighted to win the overall award. It is a great tribute to all of our work and to the prisoners who listen to people, she said. It’s new for us. We have been doing it for the last 18 months but it is extremely important, both to us and to the Prison and it has really made a difference to the lives of the prisoners up there. Tom Foster, the Assistant Governor of Cork Prison, also joined Mrs O’Shea to accept the award. We are delighted with the award and we thank the Lord Mayor and her team. The Samaritans do a...

Volunteers in Cork answered over 48,000 calls for help last year

  Last year, 196 Samaritans volunteers from the Cork branch answered 48,664 calls for help, according to the latest figures released by the national charity. Overall in the Republic of Ireland, 1,664 volunteers in Ireland answered 472,968 calls for help*. The figures are being released to coincide with National Volunteering Week which runs from 11-17 May. Samaritans is taking this opportunity to say a very big “thank you” to the generous volunteers who provide the round-the-clock service. This year volunteers have been busier than ever, as calls to the charity have increased by over 50% since Samaritans launched a new free to call number – 116 123 – in the Republic of Ireland. Samaritans is calling for new volunteers to step forward as part of National Volunteering Week to help respond to the increased demand for the service. Samaritans’ volunteers are ordinary people, who provide a safe and confidential place to talk. When someone contacts Samaritans, they can be themselves – there is no judgment. Volunteers do a great deal, both in terms of answering calls, emails and texts as well as outreach work. They allow people the space to open up about whatever it is that is making it hard for them to cope. Cork is involved in many areas of outreach work where individuals may not otherwise have access to the service.  One such example was the recent establishment of our ‘Listener’ scheme in Cork prison where we trained prisoners to be listeners to their fellow inmates. We also work in schools, colleges and community groups and work specifically with high risk groups such as men and...

Modern Mental Health & Living’ Lecture

Join us for a public lecture on ‘Modern Mental Health & Living’. Our guest speaker is Fergus Heffernan and he will be speaking about ‘Modern Mental Health & Living’. Fergus has spent much of the past 33 years working with the Irish Defence Forces, the United Nations and NATO based in New York. He has worked with soldiers and their families in Theatre of War locations from Afghanistan, to Iraq, from Central Africa to East Timor, from The Balkans to the Middle East. He is a visiting lecturer and Workshop Director in Trinity College Dublin, Columbia University New York, and Boston University USA. He recently said at a lecture in Kilkenny: Most of us are lost in life because we do not have a flight plan, a sense of destination. When a pilot leaves Dublin Airport he always gets to his destination because he has a flight plan. The flight plan always for emergencies on route, for unexpected happenings on route, but whatever happens he can always come back to the flight plan, and 99% of the time he always arrives at his destination safely. We to should have a Flight Plan. Have a plan for each day. Write it down , commit to it. Your plan for each day should include : A time to work, a time to play, a time to pray (or meditate), a time to exercise, a time to talk, a time to breathe. We really need to do this because we are all on autopilot and without a plan we have become lost and subsequently we are the sickest generation ( both physically...

Cork Samaritans to hold a Firewalk as a symbolic gesture signifying Samaritans availability

Cork Samaritans will hold a Firewalk on Friday 30th of January at 8pm in the Ambassador Hotel, Military Hill. 45 enthusiastic volunteers, family & friends will walk across the hot coals as a symbolic gesture signifying Samaritans availability and willingness to support anyone going through challenging and difficult times. We will be there for people, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to listen to their stories, no matter what is going on for them. For many of our callers January & February can be a tough time, it’s a bleak time of the year. The post Christmas slump affects everyone and at this time of the month Christmas bills begin to land on doorsteps. People can be very stressed and find it difficult to cope. We want people to know that our volunteers will be available round the clock, for anyone who is struggling. We’re there to listen and to support callers, whatever their circumstances. According to Samaritan Irelands Impact Report, Launched in December 2014 , over 478,200 calls came to the National helpline, almost 12,000 emails and over 8,000 texts were answered by Samaritans volunteers. The Cork Branch answered almost 50,000 calls in 2014. There were also just under 8,700 face to face visits to Samaritans branches across the Republic. The Cork branch received 1,100 of these. Samaritans received an average of 1,310 daily contacts in the year to October — an increase of 266 calls a day compared to the previous 12 months. The numbers of calls have increased by 52% since the launch of Freecall (116 123) in March, with particular increases in Quarters...

NSRF and Cork Samaritans to Co-host Free Suicidal Crisis Event

          In connection with World Suicide Prevention Day 2014, The National Suicide Research Foundation and Cork Samaritans are co-hosting a free event on Thursday, September 11th from 2pm – 5.30pm. The “Responding to Suicidal Crisis – Research, Policy and Practice in Ireland” Seminar takes place in the Corcaigh Suite, Cork County Hall, Carrigrohane Road. The event is free to attend and all are welcome. The Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Mary Shields and the Minister of State with responsibility for Disability, Older People, Equality and Mental Health, Minister Kathleen Lynch TD will be in attendance. Every year, approximately 550 people die by suicide in Ireland. A suicidal crisis is a time-limited occurrence, lasting hours or days, whereby a person is at acute risk, namely, seriously considering harming him/herself or taking his/her own life. It is considered a medical emergency. Effective intervention for those in crisis is a key component of suicide prevention. Cindy O’ Shea, Director of Cork Samaritans will be presenting on the community services that Samaritans offers and states that “Cork Samaritans are very pleased to be collaborating with the National Suicide Research Foundation on this Conference to mark World Suicide Prevention Day. The importance of connected thinking and shared expertise cannot be underestimated and by working together we can truly address suicide as a cross community issue.” Eileen Williamson, Executive Director at the National Suicide Research Foundation states that: “The National Suicide Research Foundation welcomes the opportunity of collaborating with Cork Samaritans in offering to the public this seminar on Responding to Suicide Crisis. The seminar is being held in connection with World...