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talk he said very little but what he did say helped me to explore how I was really feeling he assured me that whatever I told him was confidential and maybe because he was someone I didn’t know I was able to tell him things I hadn’t told anyone else about what had happened and my fears for the future without being judged as weak or a failure. After a while he asked me if I ever felt I couldn’t carry on any longer no one had asked that before and it was then I realised that I had a lot of good things to live for and although at the moment I felt dreadful it would get better someday. We talked some more and he told me I could call back at any time.

I remembered a time five years ago when I had been a caller I had lost both my parents and my partner had left me for someone else, I was trying to be strong for my children and I didn’t want to keep ringing my friends who frankly were probably getting fed up with listening to me. It was a Saturday morning just before Christmas, I I never did call back but it was just enough to felt miserable and scared about the future . know that I could, he will never know how he helped me find the strength to get through that I felt I needed to talk to someone I opened the and lots of other days. I decided then that when phone book and the Samaritans number was I was in a better place I would find out more there I didn’t actually know what they could do to about becoming a Samaritan. help but I thought it was worth trying. A man answered the phone and I burst into tears he So now I was a Samaritan the voice at the end of calmly told me to take my time there was no rush the phone and I had completed my first shift I cried for a while and when I felt able I began to with the help of Angela who remained as my FEBRUARY 2012

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mentor for those first few months, today I have the support of my fellow volunteers should I need it and there are still occasions when I do but just like on that first shift I know they are always there for me. But it doesn’t stop there we also answer e-mails and see people at our centre inYork Road Southend,we work with local organisations and visit schools to promote emotional health. We attend fetes and events and are always looking for different ways to raise awareness of our service. Being a listening volunteer has been one of the most rewarding things that I have ever done.I am no longer as quick to judge and I have learnt how to really listen which I don’t believe I did before. Volunteers listening and helping My fellow volunteers are all ages from all walks of callers at York Road life they are amazing people who genuinely care about our callers and each other. we do. If you can spare a few hours a week to help them please call 01702 341777. Listening volunteers are given training to actively listen to our callers and help support them Volunteer through times of emotional distress, our shift If you are over 18 and are interested in being a patterns are flexible as our phone lines are open listening or support volunteer or you would like 24/7. As a support volunteer you could help out to arrange for someone to come and give a talk with admin or fund raising there are many other to your organisation or club please contact us different roles within the branch. on: southendsams@btconnect.com We have a fantastic team of volunteers who work Or call our volunteer line 07999421768 in our shop in Hamlet Court Road without them we would not be able to help as many people as Or We are here to listen 24 hours a day 365 days a year: 08457 90 90 90 You can also Email jo@samaritans.org Or write to us at Chris, PO Box 90 90, Stirling, FK8 2SA to find out more about our organisation

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What do you put that down to? “I , and all my staff, work on the basis that we are there to help not to hinder.We try to engage both room buyers and internet buyers in the sale so that they enjoy it. We have the same policy with our sellers. We try to give them accurate advice and low charges.” You must have seen some interesting items over the years. “Yes, lots but over the last 18 months it has become more exciting. A porcelain screen went to China at £15,000, a Russian bronze to New York at £9,000 as well as a Constable Oil and a Picasso. We now handle items you would usually only see in the West End and at a fraction of the cost to the sellers.” Thanks Trevor, I’ll pop in and take a look.

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1. The night before. Halve the oranges and squeeze out the juice into a large pan. Scoop the pips and pulp into a small piece of muslin and tie up. Shred the remaining peel and pith finely with a sharp knife. You can put it in a food processor but you will just get flecks in your marmalade and not strips of peel. Put the peel and the muslin in a pan with the water and leave to soak to extract the pectin and soften the peel.

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2. Put the pan over a medium heat, then bring up to a simmer. Cook uncovered for 1 ½ - 2 hours, until the peel has become very soft and should look slightly see-through. Carefully remove the muslin bag, allow to cool slightly, then wearing rubber gloves, squeeze it out to extract the pectin. Discard the bag.

3. Put 4 small plates in the freezer. Add the sugar to the pan and stir over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Do not boil until the sugar has dissolved. Increase the heat and bring to the boil. Do not stir while it is boiling, it will rise up the pan. After 8-10 mins boiling test for setting point.

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4. Take the pan off the heat and let the bubbles subside. Take a plate from the freezer and spoon a little liquid onto the plate. Push the marmalade along the plate with your finger. If setting point has been reached the surface will wrinkle and it won’t run straight back. If not put it back onto boil for another 2 mins and keep re-testing.

5. Leave the marmalade to stand for 10 mins, spoon off any scum on the surface and transfer to your warm sterilised jars. Cover with a wax disc and seal. When cold label and store on a cool dark cupboard. It should keep for up to a year.

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