Out of the office and on the frontline…
Peter Gardiner is the Chief Executive Officer of Samaritans, but last week he left the front office to join the organisation’s team on the frontline.
As part of National Volunteer Week, Mr Gardiner helped out at the service’s Emergency Relief Centre, which helps people in need by providing food, support to pay bills and connecting them services such as financial counsellors and caseworkers.
Mr Gardiner knows that Samaritans couldn’t provide the help it does without the work of their volunteers.
“Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organisation,” he said.
“They play an essential role in supporting our staff in their day-to-day tasks as well as interacting with people in need to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.
“Many of our services simply could not operate without the assistance of our volunteers, who generously dedicate their time, energy and enthusiasm to making our world a better place.”
Peter was joined by Samaritan’s Executive Leaders who also went out and about to experience life as a volunteer.