Samaritans appeals for more volunteers

Samaritans will tonight launch a campaign to recruit 2,000 new volunteers in
order to keep up with demand for its services.

year the number of calls to the charity rose by 4 per cent but over the same period the number of
volunteers taking those calls fell
by 4 per cent to 18,700 volunteers compared with 19,500 last year.

numbers are now at their lowest since 1975, having fallen steadily since 1993
when the charity reached a peak of 22,500 volunteers.

numbers have been falling for some years now, and we are going to reverse that
trend," said Simon
Armson, chief executive of The Samaritans.

to a recent NOP poll, more than half of adults have thought about volunteering
for a charity and 46 per cent have known someone who could have benefited from
talking to The Samaritans.

Samaritans takes more than
4.7 million calls a year from people in emotional distress.


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