National Volunteer Week
Volunteers play an integral role at Samaritans. With over 700 staff and almost 530 volunteers, many of our services simply couldn’t operate without their support. Over the busy Christmas period when our services experience greater demand with more families seeking assistance, volunteers contribute a total of 1897 hours of their time.
In 2016, more than 1116 volunteer hours were committed to our disability services. This makes a very real and powerful difference to the people we support, especially those who don’t often have the opportunity to interact with people other than their support workers and family.
It’s not only Samaritans and the people we support who benefit from volunteering but also the volunteers themselves. Studies reveal that volunteer live happier and longer lives! Interestingly, those who reported volunteering at least 200 hours per year were found to be 40% less likely to develop high blood pressure. Many of our volunteers also tell us that they enjoy the social aspect of volunteering- meeting new people and making new friends.
As we approach National Volunteer Week, a dedicated time to appreciate our volunteers, I am reminded that we should always be grateful for the commitment of our volunteers each and every day.
Thank you to all of Samaritans volunteers for the difference you make in our local community.