Be a Samaritan — and help cover night shifts

Be a Samaritan — and help cover night shifts

By Michael Upton | 08/12/2021

Be a Samaritan — and help cover night shifts

ROTHERHAM Samaritans have appealed for more help covering nights — when callers are at their most vulnerable.

The branch currently has a team of 40 answering some of the annual 5.7 million phone calls to the charity across the UK and Ireland.

An appeal has been made for volunteers willing to give up a few hours overnight once or twice a month — giving emotional support from 10pm to 2am, 6am to 9am and midnight to 6am.

All are given full support and training to ensure they are confident and equipped to listen to others and help them work through their problems.

New Rotherham volunteer Mark Smith said: “Supporting people through the night is such an important part of what Samaritans does.

“Initially, I was worried about the idea of night shifts but, having done a couple I can honestly say they’re some of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done.

“I’m just there to listen, but for someone alone at 3am that could be everything they need.

“I was fully supported throughout my training and I’ve met so many amazing people along the way.

“You’re part of family when you become a Samaritans volunteer and I find myself using the listening skills I’ve learnt through volunteering in my personal life every day.”

Visit to find out more about volunteering.

Anyone needing support can call 116 123 free or email


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