Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
3:47 PM 3rd June 2019

Leeds Samaritans Thanks Volunteers For Life-saving Work

Leeds Samaritans is celebrating the achievements and dedication of its volunteers to mark National Volunteers Week (1-7 June) and its theme of a ‘Time to Celebrate’.

In 2018, over 17,000 trained Samaritans listening volunteers responded to calls for help and 2,300 volunteers supported the running of 201 Samaritans branches across the UK and Ireland.

Leeds Samaritans has 140 volunteers who offer emotional support to anyone who may be going through a difficult time and 15 volunteers, who help with branch activities.

Over the past year, Leeds Samaritans is proud to have responded to over 24000 phone calls, 3500 emails and 1400 text messages. In addition to this the organisation has attended more than 30 talks within local schools and community groups, mental health fairs and collected funds from the generous public of Leeds in local supermarkets and at Leeds City rail and bus stations.

All of which has helped to raise awareness of Samaritans and the round the clock support available to anyone who needs it.

Volunteer Alwyne Greenbank, Director of Leeds Samaritans branch, said: “Without volunteers, we simply wouldn’t be able to support people who are in need. As a volunteer led branch, we rely on people offering their time and are so thankful to everyone that contributes to Samaritans life-saving work ”

The branch, located in Clarendon Road and has a range of roles available to help save lives and it’s not limited to listening. The Samaritans also need people to volunteer at our shop in North Lane, Headingley. Why not call in to find out more about working with their shop team?