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Takaka performer and storyteller Levity Beet demonstrated his ''fizzaphone'' at
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for more volunteers
By JUDITH LACY
Samaritans of Manawatu are calling out for more
The organisation that wants people not to feel
alone is itself in need of more friends with senior
director Lesley saying it is in desperate need'' of
A six-part evening course spread over six weeks
starts next month.
At least once in everybody's life -- if they are
honest -- people need someone to talk to anony-
mously, Lesley said.
At some stage in life people do have a little
hiccup, some have major hiccups.''
During the Christmas period Samaritans had so
many'' lonely people ringing, and not all of them
It's so sad.''
Manawatu branch volunteers can also meet and
listen to people in person at their office in Com-
Lesley, who has been involved with Samaritans
since 1983 or 1984, said the volunteering environ-
ment had changed with people working longer and
with transformations in workplace culture.
She can remember people who had done an over-
night Samaritans shift being given time off to have
a rest before starting work.
It's a totally different workplace today. Bosses
don't do that sort of thing. I'm not criticising them
but, yes, it's quite different.''
There are also more volunteer groups, all seeking
help. All Samaritans branches are suffering from a
shortage of volunteers, she said.
After the training new volunteers are paired with
a senior Samaritan for 60 hours' service, then they
can work with a fellow newbie.
You actually get to know the other people in your
group quite well. You are going through a fair bit of
nitty gritty stuff in training.''
Mostly volunteers work in pairs and there is not
as much night work as Samaritans of Manawatu
has joined with five other North Island branches to
provide a pooled team to cover 9pm till 7am.
Samaritans are not counsellors and not do tell
people what to do, but can offer suggestions along
the lines of callers may do this or they may do that.''
Lesley said it is a great feeling when she helps
It's worth all the hours of sitting here.''
She has made wonderful friends'' through her
It's not just a temporary friendship, I can go to all
sorts of places in New Zealand and catch up with
people that I have known through Samaritans.''
Volunteers need to be interested in their fellow
man, be themselves, have compassion and be
Listening skills are taught.
None of us are super people, we are all just ordi-
Volunteers came from all walks of life -- young,
old, male, female, Maori, Pakeha, Chinese.
To find out more about the training course, ring
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