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Samaritans: Volunteer and make a difference

Gary Hart May 23, 2016

National Volunteering fortnight will take place from June 1-12.


Samaritans in Brighton and Hove are using the occasion to encourage people to become volunteers, whilst at the same time dispelling the myth that you have to be a listener to volunteer with the organisation.

Daniel Cheesman
Daniel Cheesman

Brighton and Hove Branch Director Daniel Cheesman, said: “Whilst we rely on volunteers to keep our telephone lines open at all times we recognise that listening is not for everyone. At Samaritans we have a range of roles to suit people with different skills and we are particularly looking to fill two roles at the moment.  We need a special someone to work with us to put together a publicity strategy so that we can promote Samaritans across the City; and we also want to hear from someone who might be able to lead our fundraising efforts.”

Brighton, Hove and District Samaritans is one of the biggest Samaritan branches in the UK and currently has just over 200 volunteers who respond to more than 46,000 calls for every year.

Daniel added: “Our volunteers reflect the demographics of our City, and we have a number of volunteers who identify as LGBT. It is really important to us that we continue to work with community to raise the profile of Samaritans, as a gay man myself this is something that I feel particularly passionate about.”

If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering with Samaritans contact them on 03705 627282 or email them at

Samaritans is available round the clock, every single day of the year providing a safe place for anyone struggling to cope, whoever they are, however they feel, whatever life has done to them.

If you need to speak to Samaritans, remember, you can call for free any time, from any phone, on 116 123 (this number will not appear on your bill), or 01273 772277 (local call charges apply).

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