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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 looking for men and women, of all ages and walks of life, to join their current volunteers in dedicating around three or four hours a week to those most in need.

The organisation will be holding an Information Evening on Monday, 19th August at 7.30pm in their branch 19 St Colman’s Park, Newry BT34 2BX.

There is no obligation or pressure with attending this information evening so go along and see if volunteering might be for you.

You can also find out more about becoming a volunteer with Samaritans in Newry by emailing us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling their volunteer team on 03705 627282 from the UK (1890 200 091 from the Republic of Ireland). You can also check out their website for more information on 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.

Samaritans are recruiting volunteers locally.
Samaritans are recruiting volunteers locally.

Eileen Campbell, the Director of Samaritans in Newry & Dundalk said: “We are asking people across the South 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 our service operational and with so many people in need, we want to be there for them all."

“Full training is provided and no previous experience is necessary, just the willingness to listen.”

One volunteer in Newry, Stephen, has been volunteering since 2017: “Every 6 seconds, somebody contacts the Samaritans by phone, email or face-to-face in the 201 branches across the UK and Ireland.

“To make sure we can answer the 5.7 million contacts each year, we need more people who would be willing to spend a couple of hours a week volunteering in the Newry branch.”

“All you need is the ability to listen and to try and understand what our callers might be going through. Since I joined, I’ve met an amazing bunch of volunteers, some of whom have been with us for nearly 40 years.”

“Knowing that you might make a positive difference in a stranger’s life can be really satisfying and I’d encourage anyone to come along to our Information Evening on 19th August.”

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.

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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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