Samaritans Isle of Man has celebrated the official opening of its new multifunctional room at the local branch.
The area will be used mostly for training but also for meetings and has kitchen area offering a space for volunteers to meet up for an informal coffee. The space has been refurbished using funds from a legacy left by Samaritans supporter Mrs Betty Cubbon, who passed away in 2014.
Lady Gozney, the charity’s patron, was invited to the event and officially opened the new facility. She was joined by Sally Bolton, the executor of Mrs Cubbon’s will, and Samaritans volunteers.
Samaritans volunteers receive thorough training before taking calls to make sure they are able to help callers as much as possible without feeling overwhelmed themselves. The refurbished room will mean prospective volunteers can train in a welcoming environment with pleasant surroundings.
The Isle of Man branch of Samaritans is part of a wider network across the UK and Ireland which offers help and support to callers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Gill Porter, Director of Samaritans Isle of Man, said: ‘When we received the legacy we were absolutely thrilled. We wanted to use the money to benefit the branch and improving our training facilities was a top priority.
‘We are always looking for more volunteers because without them we cannot offer the support our callers need. We’ve got information sessions coming up in July and August so please do come along and learn more about the volunteering with us and what it takes to be a Samaritan. We don’t ask for any skills or experience, just a keenness to help and an ability to listen.’
To find out more about Samaritans Isle of Man please visit: www.samaritans.org/branches/isle-of-man.
The next information sessions will take place on 12 July, 2 August and 6 September at 5 Victoria Place, Douglas. You can book at place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.