The Cork branch of the Samaritans is always looking for more volunteers.
We run two training courses every year for new volunteers and also hold information nights where you can find out more about what it means to be a Samaritans volunteer.
At the selection evening, you will be invited to work as part of group. Afterwards, if you still think you would like to become a volunteer, we will invite you to an interview with two of our volunteers where you can learn more and we can learn a little about you.
Our training courses last eight-nine weeks (Wednesday nights) and one full Sunday. Among the key skills you will learn are how to:
- Put your opinions aside;
- Respond to people, show you’ve heard what they’re saying;
- Ask the difficult questions, the ones we normally draw away from in our day-to-day lives.
At the end, if you’re a suitable candidate, you take up duties straight away. Your first few calls will be mentored, so that if you’re upset by anything, or unsure about how to deal with anything, there’s someone there to ask. There is on-going support and training for all volunteers.
Volunteers are asked to work in the centre for 15 hours every month, and to take on one ‘nightshift’ a month, lasting about six hours.
Read more about being a volunteer with the Samaritans HERE