Aldershot News & Mail : 2020-07-29

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17 surreylive.news NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2020 ‘Empathy can be a powerful force’ OUR VOLUNTEER PROFILE IS BACK AS WE CONTINUE TO HIGHLIGHT THOSE WHO GIVE Terry Clarke has been volunteeri­ng for Farnboroug­h & District Samaritans for 11 years THEIR TIME TO HELP OTHERS IN THE REGION By DANIEL BLANK volunteeri­ng for Farnboroug­h & District Samaritans? This is undoubtedl­y the sense that on a regular basis, the work we do genuinely touches lives, genuinely makes a difference, helps people on the way towards being able to live not just exist. Not every time, not every day, but often enough to never want to walk away from helping the people we help. daniel.blank@reachplc.com @DanBlank5 Started in 2009. Was staring into space at work in Woking one day and had the ‘my life is blessed, I want to give something back, now is the time’ moment and somehow, without really understand what being a listening volunteer entailed, I ended up at an informatio­n session and the rest is history. people within the branch. I cannot think of a better use of my spare time. rewarding aspect of being a Samaritan barely scratches the surface of what it means to volunteer. I’ve learnt so much about myself over the last 11 years, learnt to see the world differentl­y, to appreciate what I have, to not sweat the small stuff and to understand empathy, and what you do with it, can be the most powerful force for good. I’ve got to know and spend time with some absolutely wonderful Name: Organisati­on: Terry Clarke Farnboroug­h & District Samaritans Solution Architect (IT Occupation: If you are going through a tough time and need to talk to someone, Samaritans volunteers are available 24/7, 365 days a year. Call free on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans. org. Visit www.samaritans.org/ branches/farnboroug­h/ for details about outreach and volunteeri­ng. ■ stuff ) Town/village: Fun fact about yourself: Fleet, Hampshire Was once a part-time wedding photograph­er – the hardest job I’ve ever done. Why should others in the community volunteer for organisati­ons like Farnboroug­h & District Samaritans? What’s the most rewarding aspect of being a Farnboroug­h & District Samaritans volunteer? When and why did you start Talking about just the most J OI N THE # IAMOPEN COMMUNITY Access to free services plus the very best discounts and offers FREE MENTION ON #IAMOPEN T WIT TE R DAY FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE ONLINE MARKETING HE ALTH CHECK CRE ATIVE DE S I GN S E RVI CE L ANDING PAGE MONTAGE VIDEO WEBINARS JOIN THE # IAMOPEN COMMUNITY AND SAY HELLO TO YOUR VIRTUAL NETWORKING HUB l o c al.r e achsoluti o ns.c o.uk / j o i n PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­r.com +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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