Listening Volunteer

To provide confidential emotional support as above. To uphold Samaritans Mission, Vision & Values& Policies & Procedures. To complete regular volunteering duties with the branch, including overnight duties, as agreed. To support fellow Samaritan volunteers during shared duties. To debrief with duty Leader after each shift. To liaise with duty Leader in respect of difficult or emergency situations or when in doubt. To follow instructions given by Leader or Director. To maintain caller log sheets and/or systems as required by the branch. To undertake a minimum of 5 hours on-going training each year. To provide confidential emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide. To provide such support by telephone, face to face, email, letter, SMS and whatever other means of communication may be adopted by Samaritans.
Start date: 2nd July 2015
End date: 1st September 2019
Availability:

This grid shows when you can volunteer for this organisation. E.G Monday morning.

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Requirements: Relevant qualification or training
Skill and Qualifications Required:

Teamwork,Talking to others,Counselling,Listening

Areas of Interest: Poverty, Homeless, Crisis Support, Mental Health, Young people
What activities will the volunteer do? Counselling, Support Work
Home based opportunity? No
DBS Check Required: No

About the host organisation

Hosted by: Rochdale, Oldham and District Samaritans
Organisation Profile: Every six seconds, somebody contacts us. Ten times a minute, we can help someone turn their life around. That’s a privilege, and a huge responsibility. What's different about Samaritans? Round the clock We’re there for people when they need us, which could be any time of day or night. People talk to us for as long as they like, as many times as they like. We don't rush, interrupt or push anyone out of the door. We let people lead the conversation at their own pace. There's no waiting lists, and no assessments. No records We don’t pass on what people tell us. Not even the name of someone that calls us. For some, we’re the only place they can turn to without fear of repercussions. For others that might worry about burdening friends or family, we offer a safe place to turn. We'll talk about difficult issues We don’t skirt around issues, and we’re not afraid to go into deep and difficult areas. Sometimes just having the acceptance from someone that what they say won’t be judged is enough to help people open up, and is such a relief to them.