Volunteers needed to help Samaritans in Cork

Volunteers needed to help Samaritans in Cork
Samaritans offices in Coach street, Cork Picture: Eddie O'Hare

CORK Samaritans are calling for volunteers to help them maintain a 24/7 service they make available to anyone who needs it.

An information session will take place on Wednesday at 7pm at the Samaritan centre on Coach Street in the city.

The organisation has had a branch in Cork for close to 50 years and demand for its service remains high.

Mick Nugent, who looks after recruitment for the Cork office, said all somebody needs to be a volunteer is an interest in supporting people.

“The training is very good, so if people have an interest in what we do and in helping people, they can volunteer,” he said. “We support people over the phone, by text, and by email.

“We normally ask people to commit to four duties a month, which is 12-16 hours a month in total. There is flexibility, people can sign up for what duties they can do.” 

Cork Samaritans also have roles for people who would prefer not to be listening volunteers, to help out with fundraising and other supports.

The Samaritans support people over the phone, by text and by email and Mr Nugent stresses that their service is confidential and non-judgmental.

“We don’t offer advice or try and fix problems for people, we provide emotional support and we listen to them,” he said.

“If there are people who can’t share how they are feeling with family and friends they can always share it with The Samaritans in confidence,” Nugent said. “We do get callers who are suicidal but they are a minority, many are people who are lonely or in distress, because of family or financial or other reasons.” 

Anyone interested can email recruitment@corksamaritans.ie, drop into their office on Coach Street or come along to information sessions.

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