Samaritans Ballymena thanks volunteers

Samaritans in Ballymena says thank you to its volunteers. (Submitted Pic)
Samaritans in Ballymena says thank you to its volunteers. (Submitted Pic)

Samaritans in Ballymena is celebrating Volunteers’ Week, June 1-12, by saying a huge ‘thank you’ to its team of lifesaving volunteers.

Every six seconds someone contacts Samaritans.

Eleanor, volunteer with the Ballymena branch for the last 40 years says: “Knowing you’ve made a difference to someone’s life is all the reward any of us needs. Just being there to listen, in confidence, to someone going through a tough time in their lives can be really helpful to that person. It could be family, work, money or relationship issues, or perhaps they’ve lost a loved one. Whatever they are dealing with, we listen and give people the courage to open up about what’s happening in their life and support them to get through.”

Tracey Scott Director of Ballymena Samaritans branch said: “Life can be tough for anyone, and everyone deals with challenges in different ways. As Samaritans volunteers, we don’t judge, we’re here for absolutely anyone, and we want people to talk to us before they feel overwhelmed. I’d like to thank each and every one of our dedicated volunteers – the work they do is priceless. If you’re open-minded and feel that the moment is right in your life to give some time to others, why not think about volunteering with us?”

If you are interested in volunteering for Samaritans, please go to www.samaritans.org.