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Samaritans appeal for volunteers to join Ennis branch

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Samaritans Ennis are launching a major volunteer recruitment campaign to encourage people to give something back to the local community and help change people’s lives.

They will hold information evenings on Tuesday, Janaury 30 and Wednesday, January 31 from 7.30 p.m. – 10.00 p.m. in the Samaritan Centre, Sunville, Kilrush Rd., Ennis.

There are more than 1,800 active volunteers in Ireland spread out over 20 branches who offer emotional support to people in crisis.

The Samaritans are best known for the vital support given to callers on its 24-hour telephone service, but volunteers are also on hand to offer support by SMS, email, face-to-face in communities, through written correspondence and in prisons.

Listeners of all ages and walks of life are among those who dedicate three hours a week to those most in need. Some overnight shifts are also required.

Claire Cremin Director of Samaritans in Ennis said: “Everyone has it in them to be a Samaritan volunteer. Samaritans are just ordinary people who give up their time to listen to people who are going through a crisis in their lives.

“Samaritans touch another person’s life when it really matters, either by giving them the space to talk through how they are feeling or by helping to keep the charity’s branches running so the service can continue to offer a listening ear at any hour of the day or night.

“It is very worthwhile to work together to support those struggling to cope. Our branch is a rewarding place to spend your time, not only do we offer expert training but there are plenty of social activities too.”

To find out more about becoming a volunteer with Samaritans Ennis contact the Branch at 085 176 3491.

Need to talk? Call the Samaritans on 116 123.

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