Nationwide grant helps Swindon and District Samaritans access Gift Aid with new till

By Jamie Hill - 13 March 2019

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The new till at the shop on Curtis Street will enable the charity to increase the value of donations by 25% using Gift Aid.

A grant from Nationwide Building Society has enabled Swindon & District Samaritans to introduce a new shop till which, together with the Gift Aid scheme, will enable supporters to increase the value of their donations by 25% by simply signing a Gift Aid form.

The charity estimates the value of this to be in the region of £2,000 per year for selling the same amount of stock – which means they can train 10 new volunteers or answer 400 calls to those who need a safe place to talk.

The majority of the funds Swindon & District Samaritans need to be able to provide a safe place and space to talk, comes from their shop at 5/6 Curtis Street in Swindon.

A spokesman for the charity said: "Signing up takes very little time and costs you nothing but means we are able to make a real difference by always being around to give anyone who is struggling, the space and time to talk.

"Please talk to or email (samsshop@btconnect.com) Jodie, our shop manager, or any of our shop volunteers to ask for a Gift Aid form to complete. This form doesn’t ask for any financial details (like income, National Insurance number etc) – only your name and contact details as well as needing your signature. Rest assured, we will never share your details with third parties."

If you feel you would like to find out more about how volunteering at the Samaritans can work for you then please visit:

https://www.samaritans.org/volunteer-us

To learn more about Swindon & District Samaritans – without obligation - they host regular Information Events at their training centre at Chiseldon House, Stonehill Green, Swindon. The next one will be on Sunday 14 April from 10am to 11.30am.

To attend please ring (01793 537373) or email samsrecruitment@btconnect.com about when you can attend. 

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