Samaritans need new volunteers to comfort depressed and vulnerable

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A SUPPORT charity which helps lonely, depressed, vulnerable and suicidal people is holding a recruitment drive in the New Year.

The Hastings and Rother Samaritans based at St Andrews Square worked throughout the festive period to help the many local residents for whom this is not a time full of Yuletide cheer.

The charity offers support and advice in a non-judgmental way and early estimates suggest it helped scores of people over Christmas and New Year.

Now Hilary Ganly of the Samaritans is appealing for anyone who thinks they could spare a few hours a week to help with the group’s demanding but rewarding work.

She said: “Christmas is behind us and life for most of us will get back to a normal pattern, but for some Christmas and New Year was a sad, lonely and desperate time.

“While the turkey was being eaten and the crackers pulled, the wonderful Samaritans volunteers were listening to people who were on their own, unable to get out of their home, in deep distress and some even thinking of ending their life.

“Having someone who will listen without judging can help many people deal with the pain and distress they might be feeling.

“Everyone has the potential to become a Samaritan, and volunteers are always needed so if you think you have it in you to become part of this special team why not come along to our information evening?”

It takes place on Monday, January 10, at the Samaritans headquarters, 26 St Andrews Square, starting at 7.30pm. For more information call 01424 436666.