Cork Samaritans appeal for new volunteers

Cork Samaritans appeal for new volunteers
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The Cork Samaritans run a 24/7 service taking phone calls from people who may be feeling depressed or need someone to talk to.

Their vital service operates from their office on Coach Street, which is the second biggest office the Samaritans have in Ireland and has been operating for almost 50 years.

In order to handle the high volume of calls they receive, Cork Samaritans are now looking for new volunteers to join the cause.

There will be an information session on Wednesday 24th April at 7 PM to provide more details about what volunteers do and how new people can get involved.

Speaking about the various ways people can volunteer, Head of Recruitment Mick Nugent said: "We support people over the phone, by text and by email." He continued, "Cork Samaritans also have roles for people who would prefer not to be listening volunteers, to help out with fundraising and other supports."

The assumption that the only people who call the Samaritans feel suicidal is inaccurate says Nugent, explaining it's for anyone who just needs someone to take to: "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,” Mr 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."

If you can't make it to the open session on Wednesday but are interested in volunteering, you can email The Samaritans on recruitment@corksamaritans.ie.

The Samaritans are available 24/7 for those who need someone to talk to and can call them on 116 123 for free.

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