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The Samaritans

Whilst many people know The Samaritans for their work in speaking to those with suicidal thoughts, they have now extended their listening skills to speaking with disabled people and their carers who feel they need emotional support.
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How can we help you in particular?

We understand that living with disability brings its own range of problems both for the disabled and those who care for them. We can offer you an empathic and compassionate listening ear and our emotional support while you work through the difficulties and possible options in your life. Please talk to us. We are listening and we care.

Who are we?

The Samaritans was founded in 1953 by London vicar Chad Varah, who experienced cases of isolation and ignorance leading to suicide, which he believed could have been prevented. Soon he and his helpers began to talk to such vulnerable people.
Now over 201 groups with volunteers exceeding 20,000 operate in the UK. Each branch is an individual charity sharing a common mission, with increasing links using modern technology. All Samaritan volunteers undergo a lengthy vigorous selection and training programme. The Herefordshire branch founded in 1972 is based in the city. Staff/ volunteers (100) however are integrated in Wales and the Marches region

What do we do?

Our primary mission is still the reduction of the number of lives lost by suicide. However, our objectives have been broadened to provide emotional support for those who are troubled, stressed, distressed or despairing, feelings which can for some people lead to thoughts of ending their lives. Feelings of this nature affect many and can arise from a wide range of situations in day to day life.

How do we do it?
We regard ourselves primarily as listeners, and are completely non-judgemental. You can talk to us about absolutely anything without fear of criticism or prejudice. We do not give advice but hope that by talking to us people will find their own way through their difficulties, which we believe is the most lasting solution.
Our conversations are completely confidential. Nothing you say goes beyond the Samaritans. We do not record calls. Your phone number is not displayed to us and you do not have to give your name unless you wish to do so. We will call you back if you are running out of credit (although obviously we do need your number to do this). You are in charge of the call and can end it at any time.

Contact Samaritans Hereford branch: 44a Berrington Street, Hereford HR4 OBJ

Local number 01432 269000

National number: 08457 90 90 90


Branch website (includes location map) : Click here