Pillaton WI Report - February 2013

What is a Samaritan? A Samaritan is a listener, someone to talk to, someone who offers emotional support, somebody who doesn’t criticise or advise, a stranger.

The volunteer “listeners” who came to talk to Pillaton WI as guest speakers in February gave an insight into the amazing work of this caring organisation.

Started by a Church of England priest, The Samaritans now has 201 branches in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and in other countries operates as an organisation called “Friends International”. Supported centrally by a Charity “Umbrella Organisation”, Samaritans supports those who need a listening ear in many different ways.

Not everyone is able to voice their problems or start to talk to a stranger on the other end of a ‘phone line, so Samaritans can now offer support using modern technology such as text or email. Letters can be answered, and face to face interviews arranged at request.

Their caring support pops up in unexpected places, too – I didn’t know, for example, that they have a presence at Glastonbury Festival, or at Cornwall’s summer event Run to the Sun.

Volunteers are trained to help those who call on their help to have a more positive outlook and to support them through emotional crises in their lives. How amazing they are!

The business meeting reminded members about some of the dates circulated at January’s meeting, including the annual Birthday Party dinner on 23 March in Pillaton Village Hall.

Lists were circulated again for some County wide events, including The Art Scene seminar on 19 April.

Pillaton WI’s next meeting in the Village Hall at 7.30 pm will be the Annual Meeting on 11 March.

(Pillaton WI is a friendly group and welcomes new members. Come along and meet us! If you would like to know more about Pillaton WI, please contact me on 351289.)

Ann Henderson

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Last updated: 15 February 2013 Contact Us