Samaritans volunteers in Doncaster help over 16,500

(L-R) Lindsey Hudsoon Duty Team Leader, E Coast and Kim Calvert (Doncaster Samaritans)
(L-R) Lindsey Hudsoon Duty Team Leader, E Coast and Kim Calvert (Doncaster Samaritans)
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New figures have revealed that 49 kind-hearted Doncaster volunteers answered more than 16,500 calls for help last year as part of their work with Samaritans.

The volunteers at the Doncaster branch answered 16,573 calls for help, according to the latest figures released by the national suicide prevention charity.

Overall, 21,007 volunteers responded to 5,331,295 calls nationwide for help.

These figures have been released to coincide with Volunteers’ Week, a national initiative that runs from Monday to Sunday June 7.

As part of their work volunteers from Doncaster are also involved in outreach work at Doncaster Rovers’ football matches, the town’s train station and in schools.

Volunteers in the borough also run a Listener Scheme with local prisons where they select, train and support prisoners to offer emotional support to other inmates.

Tim Harrington, Director at Doncaster Samaritans said: “I’m so grateful to all of our volunteers at Doncaster. I want to thank them all for their commitment and hard work.

“It’s great to see how they support people in ways that work well for our callers, on the phone, via email or visiting us in branch.

“We know that people who are struggling benefit from having a real person to connect with, someone who is trained to listen to them.

“Samaritans wouldn’t exist without the dedication of our volunteers. As well as listening on the helpline, there are lots of ways people can get involved with Samaritans, whether it’s fundraising, marketing, helping with admin or IT, or offering other valuable skills. We are always looking for new volunteers, so please get in touch.”

The figures come after it was revealed the Yorkshire and Humber region was the fourth highest for suicides across England and Wales.

Suicides in Yorkshire and The Humber rose by four per cent in 2013, figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.

In 2013, 502 suicides were registered in Yorkshire and The Humber – a rate of 11.6 per 100,000 - 19.1 per 100,000 for men and 4.3 per 100,000 for women.

The male suicide rate in the region is the highest since 2001, and the third highest in England and Wales.

Find out more about volunteering for Samaritans by calling 07837 391698 or emailing: doncastersam@hotmail.co.uk.

To contact Samaritans for help call 08457 90 90 90 or visit www.samaritans.org