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Samaritans need 30 more city volunteers.

LIVERPOOL Liverpool, city (1991 pop. 448,300), NW England, on the Mersey River near its mouth. It is one of Britain's largest cities. A large center for food processing (especially flour and sugar), Liverpool has a variety of industries, including the manufacture of electrical  Samaritans today appealed for at least 30 new volunteers to help run a 24-hour crisis line.

Volunteer numbers have hit their lowest point for more than 25 years.

The call came as the charity launched a nationwide campaign for volunteers, which have dropped by almost 1,000 in just two years.

The Samaritans claim that Britain Britain (brĭt`ən), alternate term for Great Britain, comprised of England, Scotland, and Wales. Often used synonymously with the United Kingdom, the name Britain is derived from Britannia,  has become a more "cynical" nation and people have less time to devote to others because of the pressures of combining family and working life.

Last year the Samaritans had 18,700 volunteers, compared to 19,500 in 1999. Numbers are now at their lowest since 1975 and the charity needs 2,000 new volunteers to keep up with demand.

Calls to the charity's 24hour helpline helpline

a telephone line set aside for callers to contact an organization for help with a problem

helpline nteléfono de asistencia al público

 have risen by 4% to 4.7 million over the last year.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 3, 2001
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