New Barkby WI

President Shirley Franklin welcomed New Barkby members to the September meeting.
Speaker for the evening was John from the Samaritans organisation. It is a registered charity and operates on a twenty four hour system. This offers help and an invaluable service to everyone and anyone who needs advice and a listening ear in times of need.
There are fourteen branches throughout the country and the Leicester branch opened in 1963, ten years after the charity was formed by Chad Varam, a British priest in a parish in London, where he started a drop in centre. It is not religious and the values of the organisation are that they do not give advice to clients, but explore options about a situation, even at 3.00am and telephone calls may last for some considerable time for a Samaritan volunteer to listen.
Volunteers are always required and training is given, with role play or working with a mentor during many sessions before being allowed to work on their own.
Also there are times when an interpreter may be needed to cope with a language barrier. Altogether an interesting talk.
Shirley Franklin gave the vote of thanks as she had been a volunteer for a while some time ago.
Competition for a letter ‘K’ was won by Mrs M Gamble which was an imprint of her lips on a piece of paper for form a kiss!
The raffle was won by Mrs K Sharp and the tea hostesses were Mrs L Bennison and Mrs J Oliver.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday 3rd October when Elaine Burgess will give a talk on ‘The Road to Camelot’.
Visitors are always welcome to our meetings at Syston Community Centre at 7.30pm.