A friendly ear can make all the difference

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Being listened to can help brighten your day.

A YouGov poll shows that 41 per cent of people in the East Midlands value being listened to as one of the simple acts of kindness to brighten their day.

The poll, published this week by Samaritans, to coincide with National Volunteers’ Week, asked people in the East Midlands to reveal the small act of kindness that brightened their day in the past year. Over half of people (54%) chose receiving a compliment, followed by getting a hug (52 per cent), receiving a smile (47 per cent), having a birthday remembered (46 per cent), and hearing ‘good morning’ (46 per cent).

Katie Director of the Milton Keynes Branch said: “The results of the poll show how a very small gesture can have a really positive impact on someone. National Volunteers’ Week is a fantastic opportunity to thank the 90 plus volunteers at our branch for their dedication and support, they are truly inspirational.”

National Volunteers’ Week, which takes place from 1 to 7 June, is an annual celebration of the contribution of volunteers across the country.

Chair of Samaritans, Stephen Hoddell said: “Every year our volunteers give uncountable hours of their time to helping people struggling to cope, and without them we would not be able to answer the 5 million calls we receive every year. Thank you to each and every Samaritan.”

A full national and regional breakdown of the survey results can be found here: http://www.samaritans.org/pdf/YouGov_results_acts_of_kindness_survey_2012.pdf

Are you interested in volunteering for Samaritans? Why not listen to their podcast of volunteers talking about their experiences: http://www.samaritans.org/support_samaritans/volunteer/who_are_samaritans_volunteers.aspx

For more information about volunteering at the Milton Keynes Branch please contact the Fishermead Branch on 01908 667777.

Anyone who wishes to talk in confidence to Samaritans should call 01908 667777 or email jo@samaritans.org