A MAN who introduced a national charity to Huddersfield over 30 years ago opened its new-look shop in the town.
The Rev John Capstick, who lives in Wooldale, was one of the volunteers who started the town's Samaritans branch in 1968.
He was Vicar of Rawthorpe at the time.
He later became Vicar of Netherthong.
Mr Capstick has been highly supportive of the charity ever since and served as a volunteer until two years ago.
He cut the ribbon to the revamped Marsh shop. He still pops into the store from time to time.
The shop was closed for over two weeks.
It has been re-decorated and re-carpeted, with new shelving put in.
Huddersfield Samaritans' director Pauline Rawlinson said: "The shop was getting tired and shabby.
"We wanted it more attractive for our customers and volunteers.
Ms Rawlinson said the charity was always looking for volunteers.
At the moment it wants people to work in the shop and operate the phones at the branch's headquarters on New North Parade.
She added: "We are always short of volunteers. It has been that way since the branch started.
"It is always worse in the summer, as people seem to have better things to do and our student helpers go home.
"But things haven't really picked up and the situation seems worse than usual.
"I think there is a shortage because there are now so many opportunities for volunteering and so many organisations are reaching them."
"We have about 50 volunteers working on the phones and 20 working in the shop - but we need loads more!
"We want at least 70 people working on the phones, as we need to keep open and be able to help callers all the time."
Working on the phones is more demanding and volunteers are asked to commit themselves to four hours a fortnight.
Volunteers who want to work in the shop can offer their services for as little as half a day.
Ms Rawlinson added: "I used to work in the shop and it's a nice place to work.
"It offers a way of meeting new people, while making them feel as though they are doing good.
"We would welcome anyone of any age.
"We are in competition with lots of people, but we do very worthwhile jobs. We're hoping to get the numbers up in the new year."
Huddersfield Samaritans held an information evening about volunteering at the New North Parade offices this week.
* The Samaritans telephone helpline charity was formed in 1953.
* It provides confidential emotional support to anyone feeling suicidal or despairing and also works to raise awareness of these issues.
* The charity has more than 200 branches and around 19,500 volunteers.
* An email service was set up in 2002 and volunteers receive an average of 300 emails a day.