Welcome to Samaritans of Colchester, Tendring and Suffolk Borders

If something's troubling you, get in touch:

Telephone our branch:

01206 561234 (local call charges apply)

National telephone:

116 123 (this number is FREE to call)

Visit our branch:

Samaritans Colchester Walsingham Road Community Hall Walsingham Road Colchester CO2 7BN

Usual hours open to receive callers at the door:

Mon, Tues, Fri: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Wed: 9.00am – 1.00pm and 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Thur: 3:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Facilities for visitors with disabilities:

Step free access, adapted toilet


Our branch has around 125 listening and support volunteers. As well as contact by phone and email, we are open for callers to visit us in Colchester every day (see times above).

Currently we are actively looking for 'night owl' volunteers, to help cover part of our busiest times between 10pm and 8am. Click here to read about our campaign for more night-time volunteers.

Volunteers range from early twenties to people in their eighties. We hold regular information evenings for anyone hoping to become a listening or support volunteer.

Last year Colchester Samaritans responded to 30,442 contacts from callers.

The full name of our branch – Samaritans of Colchester, Tendring and Suffolk Borders – describes the 'CO' postcode area we serve.



Follow us on Twitter @ColchesterSams

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Samaritans of Colchester, Tendring and Suffolk Borders news

  • Quiz Night in aid of Samaritans and Emmanus

    13th January 2017
    Join us for a Quiz Night, hosted by the Colchester Ladies Circle and Colchester Tangle with proceeds going to Colchester Samaritans and Emmaus Colchester. The event is on Saturday 25th February at Highwoods Community Centre from 7.30 – 10.00pm
  • CAMRA to support Colchester Samaritans

    1st January 2017
    The Colchester and North East Essex branch of CAMRA are pleased to announce that their Beer Festival Charity for 2017 will be Colchester Samaritans. CAMRA's Winter Festival runs from Wednesday 25th to Saturday 28th January 2017 and all are welcome.
  • Local Magician at Christmas Fundraiser

    10th December 2016
    Colchester Samaritans were entertained by local magician Michael J Fitch at a fundraising Christmas Party held in Walsingham Road Community Hall on 10th December. The party, with a three course gourmet meal, was organised to raise funds and to thank all volunteers for their hard work throughout the year.
  • Book Fairs at Walsingham Road

    1st December 2016
    Join us for a coffee or tea, a nibble on a biscuit and a browse through our books. Samaritans Book Fairs have become ‘must attend’ events for book lovers. Since 2012 over £20,000 has been raised in aid of Colchester Samaritans and almost 6,000 people have passed through the doors. Next Book Fair: Saturday 28th January 2016.