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Newry and Dundalk Samaritans is searching for new volunteers who might like to get involved with the charity and give something back to the local community, while making a difference to people’s lives.

They are holding an Information Evening Wednesday, 13 February at 7pm in their branch at 19 St Colman’s Park, Newry and are looking for men and women, of all ages and walks of life, to join current volunteers in dedicating around three or four hours a week to those most in need.

To find out more about becoming a volunteer with Samaritans in Newry, telephone 03705 627282  from the UK (1890 200 091 from the Republic of Ireland) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information check out  www.samaritans.org

Samaritans are best known for the vital support given to callers on its 24-hour telephone service and volunteers can also offer support by SMS, email and face-to-face in communities, festivals and outreach events.

Enda a volunteer with Samaritans
Enda a volunteer with Samaritans since 2012.

Round the Clock Support

Eileen Campbell, the newly appointed Director of Samaritans in Newry said: “Newry & Dundalk Samaritans offer round-the-clock emotional support to anyone who is struggling to cope with whatever it is that life has thrown at them.”

“Over the Christmas period, our amazing volunteers were helping people 24/7, with 14  volunteers on duty in Newry on Christmas Day itself. For example, Samaritans in Northern Ireland answered 350 calls on Christmas Day alone with many emails and SMSs also replied to.”

“As the new year begins, we are asking people across the South/Mid Down, South Armagh and Dundalk areas to consider making a difference to someone’s life by volunteering with us.”

“It takes a huge number of volunteers to keep the service operational. Established in Ireland in 1962, Samaritans is based in 21 towns across the island of Ireland, with over 1,800 active volunteers on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

One volunteer, Enda, has been volunteering since 2012: “Anyone can be a Samaritan as long as you believe in what you’re doing and you’re willing to listen,” he said.

“Allowing someone the space to talk, and really listening to what they want to talk about, are skills I’ve tried to adhere to both on and off duty.

“What really drives me though are the callers and knowing that by being there to pick up the phone I may have given them a beacon of hope. No matter where you are in life, the need to be heard and the need for empathy are things that will be with us always.”

Get in Touch

You don’t have to be suicidal to call Samaritans. Whatever you’re going through, call us any time from any phone on 116 123 (this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill), email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit www.samaritans.org to find details of your nearest branch.

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