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Bournemouth Samaritans - New Volunteers Needed!

by Bournemouth Samaritans in Bournemouth, England, United Kingdom

£225

raised of £5,000 target

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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 7th October 2020 at 11:59pm

At Bournemouth Samaritans, we need to recruit and train new volunteers to help our callers who are struggling emotionally

by Bournemouth Samaritans in Bournemouth, England, United Kingdom

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WORKING TOGETHER TO PREVENT SUICIDE

UPDATE!  Last Thursday was World Suicide Prevention Day.  Samaritans  streamed 'Looking After Yourself and Your Community' on twitch.tv/samaritanscharity.  We need your help - more than ever - to support our recruitment and training team to fund new volunteers.  Can you help us reach our target?

BOURNEMOUTH SAMARITANS - WHO WE ARE

Bournemouth Samaritans has been in existence since 1962.  It is our mission to provide a listening ear for our callers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for those who are struggling emotionally.  We also love going into our local community visiting schools, colleges, residential care homes, supermarkets - the list goes on.  We were recently nominated and awarded a national award with regards to the work we do with Bournemouth Police at their Custody Suite.  We feel it is vital to promote positive mental health for everyone.  Yet, we can't do this without recruiting new volunteers to our branch to make sure this important work continues.  This is why we are reaching out to YOU.  Can you help us build our branch and create change for the good.  Never have we needed funds to help us keep on going.  Thank you

WHO ARE OUR VOLUNTEERS?

We are so proud of our listening and support volunteers!  Our recruitment process means that we look at every application and discuss our ethos with our potential new volunteers.  It has been very difficult these past few months to advertise and recruit.  We know we need our volunteers more than ever.  

HOW WE TRAIN OUR NEW VOLUNTEERS

Our training team  We have a dedicated team delivering training to our new volunteers. We are so excited to start training again. Our training team have been working hard to prepare for the next training sessions. Now, social distancing must be considered for the safety of our team and new volunteers. We need new equipment to help train our volunteers, such as tablets for role play. This is where our new volunteers practice taking calls and emails in a realistic situation. We used to do this face-to-face but this can't be done. Role play is now a remote feature and we need this equipment to ensure our new volunteers keep this important part of training going.

WHERE WE TRAIN OUR NEW VOLUNTEERS

This is our training room at the moment.  As you can see, it's pretty basic.  Now, we must consider socially distanced training where we need funding for tablets and monitors.  We also need create single use training manuals, so our training volunteers can take these manuals home and refer to them.  Providing a weekly deep clean of the training room is also vital. 

We need to improve this room, don't you think?  If we raise more funds, we can buy new furniture with more comfortable chairs and tables.  We can redecorate the room and make it more appealing for the new volunteers and the training team.  

OUR NEW VOLUNTEER, MATILDA TALKS ABOUT HER EXPERIENCE OF RECRUITMENT AND TRAINING

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WHY DO WE NEED YOUR DONATION?

Why do we need new volunteers?  Bournemouth Samaritans rely on volunteers to continue with the work we do.  No one draws a salary from the Branch Director to listening volunteers to those who support our branch by cleaning and ensuring we have light bulbs in each room!  

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP

Did you know?  In 2020, to date, our listening volunteers have taken 9,938 calls from those who have been struggling emotionally - whether due to anxiety, relationship problems or feeling suicidal.  We take every caller seriously and our training ensures we respond in the right way.  

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP

Did you know?  In 2020, to date, our listening volunteers have responded to 5,692 emails.  During the pandemic, more and more people have emailed Samaritans as they have not had the space to make a call.  We take all emails seriously and our training ensures we respond in the right way.

THANK YOU FOR READING OUR PROJECT - WE REALLY NEED YOU

Thank you!  2020 has been a tough year for many people.  We are at the forefront to talk about emotional health.  We need our incredible volunteers to help us do this.  We need to be there for our callers.  When we are able, we need to get out, into the community, to let everybody know that we are there for every

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