THE Isle of Wight branch of The Samaritans is on the hunt for volunteers to help with its vital work helping the suicidal and despairing.
Thousands of people call the organisation in confidence every year. Volunteers, including the 50 staff at the centre in Newport, offer a lifeline to people who need someone to talk to.
Volunteers do not offer advice or solutions to callers but just listen and discuss feelings, which people have found difficult to talk about.
'Rita’, who works at the Island branch, said: "I first joined The Samaritans in 1966 and have been a volunteer ever since.
"For me, the opportunity to help callers of all ages and with every sort of trouble in their lives is a great privilege. On a duty, we can be taking calls from the Island, across the south and sometimes from every part of the country. The Samaritans has grown over the years from our small beginnings and so many people need us."
Branch director for the Island, 'David’, said: "Whoever you are and whatever your circumstances, The Samaritans is there to listen to you and talk about your feelings.
"That is why we are always looking for more volunteers. The more we have, the more we can be there for people."
To contact Samaritans, call 08457 90 90 90, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or to volunteer, e-mail email@example.com.