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.


Reg. charity 249036 - Samaritans of Colchester, Tendring and Suffolk Borders

Samaritans of Colchester, Tendring and Suffolk Borders news

  • Sainsbury's Local Charity of the Year

    13th August 2016
    Following online and in-store voting by members of the public, Samaritans was the winning charity by a narrow margin. The first day of fundraising and awareness was on Saturday 6th August 2016, with many volunteers and supporters present at the store.
  • Book Fairs at Walsingham Road

    1st August 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 £15,000 has been raised in aid of Colchester Samaritans and almost 5,000 people have passed through the doors. Next Book Fair: Saturday 27th August 2016.
  • Colchester United Open Day 2016

    Samaritans volunteers at Colchester United Open Day 2016
    18th July 2016
    Colchester Samaritans volunteers were present at this year's CUFC Open Day at Weston Homes Community Stadium on Sunday 17th July, where an estimated 2,500 people came to meet Colchester United players and coaching staff and take part in a series of fun activities.