Your good Samaritans
New director at Chilterns branch
Tobi Nehm from Amersham, who recently began his three-year voluntary role as branch director, said: “Our operations centre is on the first floor and until now has only been accessible by a steep staircase. We decided to fundraise to cover the cost of installing a lift so that disabled people who are interested in supporting those in emotional distress and despair can also volunteer their time. We’re proud to be a very inclusive branch where all volunteers are welcome.
“The lift was donated by a local building developer from a site he was remodelling and we are very grateful to him and for the generous donations which have covered the installation and remodelling costs to make this project possible. We are totally dependent on donations from local people and businesses for all the work we do.”
The Chilterns branch, based in Station Road, Amersham, was founded in 1968 and is one of the largest in the UK.
In the last year its volunteers spoke to 25,368 callers by telephone, welcomed 278 people to the centre for a face-to-face conversation and replied to 3,153 emails and 7,879 text messages.
Mr Nehm added: “This is an exciting time in the branch’s 48-year history. I want to make sure that the local community knows the various ways they can contact us if they need emotional support. We can be contacted by phone, text or email. We also offer a drop-in service from 7am to 9pm every day and there is no need to make an appointment. We are always looking for new volunteers to help us provide a 24-7 service to those in need. Samaritans is a safe and confidential place where everyone will be listened to without judgement.”
Chilterns Samaritans will hold an open day on Saturday, May 28 from 2pm to 4pm to give people the opportunity to find out more about its work and how to get involved either as a listening volunteer or by helping with fundraising or administrative support.