The Samaritans change lives
Every single day, around 16 people decide to end their own life across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Our callers talk, we listen
We don’t judge or tell people what do to
We help people to focus their feelings and to think clearly about their options
We provide support for our community
We know our service can help people before it's too late.
It's donations that keep us open
The Salisbury Branch of the Samaritans is one of the oldest branches in the UK and is based at 42 Milford Street in the Centre of Salisbury. The centre is very much the "local” for West Hampshire and South Wiltshire this region and with its doors open 12 hours a day to visitors, it is one of the few to have two telephones manned for 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
We have approximately 100 volunteers, taking over 42,000 caller contacts in a year, of which nearly 17,000 are of significant length - an average of approximately 450 and 180 per volunteer per year respectively - well above the national average. This reflects the dedication, and hard work, of our volunteers.
In addition, our speakers give presentation talks to schools, colleges, clubs and other organisations.
Samaritans can be contacted by telephone, by letter, by email and by visiting the branch in Milford Street - over 95% of contacts are by telephone but email and SMS contact is growing.
Each year, every Samaritans Centre is expected to raise their own funds to support their local service and the Salisbury Sams team are very grateful to all those participating in Sams Ride for the very important funds that will help them continue to provide the excellent service they do.
How helping the Samaritans can make a difference
Samaritans provide confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.
They offer their service by telephone, text, email, letter and face to face in most of the branches around the UK.
The branch website can be found at HERE.
We need more volunteers!
If you are interested in volunteering as either a listening or support volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. A full training programme is provided.