Sheffield Samaritans were thanked this week for 50 years of service to the city.
The volunteers, who currently take more than 16,000 calls a year, were guests of the Lord Mayor, Coun John Campbell, at the Town Hall.
In recent years, they have found themselves increasingly contacted by people with debt and financial problems.
The Samaritans have a 24 hour operation based in Queens Road. Tel 2767277.