There are many ways to get involved, offer your support and make a difference.
GibSams offers a confidential helpline/chat service which offers a listening service to anyone experiencing distress, despair or suicidal feelings. Our GibSams volunteers are trained to listen; you can talk to them any time you like, in your own way, and off the record – about whatever is getting to you.
You do not have to give your name, and neither does the listener; your call is anonymous and completely confidential, and it cannot be traced back to you.
We hold selection days several times a year, where those interested in becoming a volunteer for GibSams can find out more information and see if this is indeed for them.
Anyone can be a listener; there are no professional qualifications needed, just an interest in helping others. Our training team will teach you all you need to know and be with you throughout the 5 weeks of training (1 morning a week). All we ask is for a commitment of one x3-hour shift each week after you have completed your training.
To find out when the next selection day is, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If being a listener is not for you, you can volunteer to help us out with the Awareness Events we hold during the year.
For more information or to volunteer, please email email@example.com.
“I joined Gibsams because I’m passionate about mental health awareness, our community needs to feel supported. Gibsams is a vital goto helpline, I feel privileged to have trained as a listener and form part of an exceptional team of volunteers. There’s a need to feel heard, to feel heard without judgment, going to the core of our thoughts can help us figure a way forward, a better way to journey through these challenging times, trusting our service can be life changing.”
“I joined GibSams to help those who needed support in the community.”
“I volunteer for gibsams as we were experiencing a lot of suicides in Gibraltar. So I want to ensure to be there when someone feels so lonely or desperate and never feel alone surrounded by people. This is a great way to give back to society and remain anonymous at the same time. To truly listen with no judgement can go a long way when people suffer this deep pain and alienation.”
“Volunteering for GibSams gives me far more than I give it.“