Rotary Club Of Warwick

Feb9 - The Samaritans

Volunteer Delia Button told members of Warwick Rotary last week about the work of the Coventry Branch of Samaritans.

Samaritans were set up in 1953 and have become the best known UK charity, open all hours to help people in distress, despair, or just plain lonely. Delia joined as volunteer 12 years ago, and said that a staggering 5 million contacts are made each year. Samaritans have 201 branches in the UK, and 118,000 volunteers. At Coventry there is always someone there to answer the phone, 140 hours a week, which is 20 hours a day, at other times calls are forwarded to full time centres. Text and e-mail are also available and they have a helpful website too.

Volunteers are trained to give support to callers by listening to their problems, and all calls are confidential. People can talk for as long as they want, and often feel more comfortable opening up to a stranger. They will not judged and can talk about anything which is troubling them. Samaritans also work in schools, hospitals and prisons, and reach out to the homeless.

If you feel that you need their help call 08457 909090, or contact

If you feel you would like to train to be a volunteer contact 02476 678678, or look at their website

Thanking Delia for her presentation Rotarian Roy Glassborrow said how humbling it was to hear how ordinary people would find time to help others in this way. The club presented her with a donation towards their work in Coventry.

Delia Button

Delia Button