Thanks to 20,000 volunteers, Samaritans is there 24/7 to offer a listening ear to anyone who is feeling lonely, isolated, anxious or unable to cope. This pandemic has demonstrated that none of us are immune to loneliness, with many people experiencing it over the past few difficult months. It has however, left us in no doubt of the incredible power of human connection.
Volunteering for Samaritans
With this in mind, we created a special film for Samaritans’ awareness day this year on 24 July that highlights the importance of talking in these difficult times and also provides a valuable insight into what it’s been like to volunteer for Samaritans during the coronavirus pandemic.
The film forms part of the charity’s annual Talk To Us campaign that aims to spread the message that Samaritans’ volunteers are available to listen to anyone who is struggling – day or night, every day of the year. It shows how talking can put things into perspective when you are finding things tough and help you to feel more positive about the future.
Our volunteers enjoyed taking time out together to share their experiences of volunteering during this time, how they have been coping, and how talking has become just as important for them, as it has been for our callers. With some volunteers having to self-isolate and others not being able to see their family, it’s moving to hear how being part of Samaritans’ community of volunteers has been such a vital lifeline for them too.
Behind this heart-warming film lies a simple but powerful message, that talking can be lifesaving, and that Samaritans volunteers are always here, ready to listen and stand beside you, whoever you are, whatever you are facing. Samaritans’ reminder that you can ‘Talk To Us’.