26 November 2000
Samaritans seek rural recruits
By Isabel Davies
THE Samaritans wants farmers and people with rural backgrounds to join the organisation as stress counsellors to help those suffering from the farming crisis.
Often faced with seemingly insurmountable problems, more farmers are turning to organisations such as the Samaritans in a bid to find a listening ear.
One volunteer, manning a stand at the Royal Smithfield Show on Sunday (26 November), said growing numbers of people were looking for someone to talk to.
The organisation is now recruiting people with a rural background as stress counsellors because it believes they best understand the problems faced by farmers.
Rosemary, who declined to give her surname because the organisation tends not to use them, said the real quality needed by a potential volunteer was a desire to help.
She added: “People need to be a good listener, but at the same time they should not judge. They need to be able to see other points of view and not give advice.”
Volunteers are usually required to commit to a four-hour shift each week and be prepared to do nine overnight duties each year.
The role is on a volunteer basis, although full training is given and expenses will be paid.
For further details about volunteering, call the Samaritans on 08705 62 72 82.
- If you feel you would like to talk to a Samaritan, call 08457 90 90 90