Samaritans in Chesterfield

Julie Drury, our Tuesday Afternoon Presenters paid a visit to our local Samaritans’ shop which is based on West Bars close to the Spire Radio studio.

Owen HarcourtOwen Harcourt, Shop Manager, shared that their recent move to 5 West Bars was much better for the shop due to increased space and storage facilities. Owen has volunteered with The Samaritans shop since 2016 and is now the Shop Manager with a small dedicated team of volunteers.

Did you know that the shop on West Bars supports our local branch of the Samaritans at 121 Saltergate?

They do receive some central funding but their main income comes from the shop’s profits. Without volunteers the shop would be without a team who collect, sort, price up and sell goods like any other shop. Owen shared that they are short of volunteers, so if you have some free time in your week and would like to support a worthwhile charity, then consider being a volunteer in their shop. You can make a real difference through being a volunteer; it’s not just about what you can do for the Samaritans, you’ll get a lot out of the experience too. It could give your CV a boost, get you back into work and be a way of building your confidence by connecting with others. Anyone aged 14+ are welcome, so its a great idea for a young person completing their Duke of Edinburgh Award or anyone who who can commit to a regular time each week. Please pop into the shop for further details and collect an application form.

Looking at it from a different perspective, if you are having a New Year’s clear out, please consider donating things to this very worthy cause. Owen said they make good use of all donations but obviously it’s always best if things are clean and in good condition whether they be toys, clothes, bric a brac or books. The volunteers are sometimes able to collect donations or you can drop them into the shop which is open Monday – Saturday 9.30am – 4.30pm.

Life can be tough and the Samaritans can support you. The Samaritans have been around for over 65 years, with the founder of Samaritans taking the very first call to the helpline on 2nd November 1953. Whatever you’re going through, their are Samaritans volunteers who will listen. You can call them free any time, from any phone, on 116 123. So whatever you’re going through they are available around the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Their number is FREE to call.

In Chesterfield there are 55 volunteer listeners based from Saltergate and without the shop the service would be affected, so please support our local branch by volunteering in the shop or as a listener, donating things to sell in their shop or by calling into the shop on West Bars as a customer.

There is a Volunteer Recruitment Evening at 121 Saltergate, Chesterfield, S40 1NH on Wednesday 16th January at 7.30pm. Please ring 07523 494 504 for further details.

Julie will be finding out a little bit more about the Samaritans by meeting up with Owen in a few weeks time, along with his manager Peter Gately, Head of Resources, and she’ll report back on her findings.

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