Are you curious about work of Samaritans? Would you be interested in becoming a duty “listener” on the 900 525 100 freephone help line which offers a 24 hour / 365 days a year, confidential, emotional support service in English? Or do you have a few hours a week to help in the charity shop, fundraising or administration all in the Torrevieja area?

Please come along to a Recruitment Open Day between 11am and 2pm on Wednesday 2nd November 2016 at the headquarters at Punta Marina Commercial Centre, which is just off the Punta Prima roundabout on the N332.  The centre is signposted and located inside the shopping mall next to the Consum supermarket and easy to find.

Applications are welcome from fluent English speaking adult volunteers of any nationality.  Due to the confidential nature of their work offering impartial emotional support, listener volunteers are asked to provide references for some background checks and undergo a period of training and mentoring.  It is a thoroughly rewarding yet demanding role and hence there is constant support and focus on team welfare and back-up.

Some listeners at Punta Prima also volunteer for the Charity shop and are on call during shop hours and for face to face consultations at the newly opened drop-in centre.  Other shop volunteers are happy to be engaged solely for the retail side of things but have awareness training and are fully briefed to handle people in distress and direct them to the duty listening team – many callers make a first tentative approach for help by browsing in the shop and getting to know the staff and stop for a friendly chat.  Extra hands are always welcome even if only one day a week…the duty rosters are drawn up as far as possible to suit everyone´s needs. All volunteers are unpaid – expanses may be claimed.

Samaritans would also love to hear from  volunteers who might like to assist at headquarters in other ways eg with general office admin, delivering publicity material, running errands and so on.  It might suit a recently retired person with their own transport who would welcome joining an established group for social contacts and having the opportunity to get out an about and meet other people.  Samaritans volunteers also attend shows, fairs  and exhibitions and need help with organising fun day events etc,  All volunteers receive a monthly newsletter, invitations to group social occasions, AGM and other team meetings.

For those who do not feel they can commit to a listener role or  regular work at the centre, there is also a group called Friends of Samaritans  who organise numerous fundraising events.  For more information please visit . If you cannot the visit the centre on 3rd November you may also contact Jane Troubridge, Branch Manager in Torreviaja at for an informal chat.

In distress and need someone to talk to?  Lines are always open: Call Free 900 525 100.