Welcome to Samaritans of Exeter, Mid & East Devon

If something's troubling you, get in touch:

Telephone our branch:

01392 411711 (local call charges apply)

National telephone:

116 123 (this number is free to call)

Visit our branch:

Samaritans Exeter 10 Richmond Road Exeter Devon EX4 4JA

Usual hours open to receive callers at the door:

10:30am - 9:30pm 7 days a week

Facilities for visitors with disabilities:

Lift and disabled toilet



Our next information evening for potential volunteers is at 7.30pm on Tuesday 22nd November.

Exeter Samaritans - who we are

Exeter Samaritans held its first meeting to recruit volunteer listeners in November 1963 - one of the first out-of-London branches, set up some 10 years after the national organisation was founded by the Reverend Chad Varah.

Exeter Samaritans’ telephone number ‘went live’ in 1964 and by 1970 there were 1,800 annual ‘contacts’ from people by telephone or face-to-face.  

By 1975 contacts had increased to 6,865. The local branch increased in geographical size to cover parts of Devon as well as Exeter, larger premises were used and at different times the local branch had a city centre charity shop and its own caravan. 

In 1992 a Listeners team was created in Exeter Prison where prisoners are trained by Samaritans to support their peers - a vital part of our activities that still thrives today. 

In 1999 we moved to our current Richmond Road premises, as the charity began to respond to callers by email and more recently SMS text messages as well as the original telephone and face-to-face.

There were a remarkable 42,142 contacts between the public and the Exeter, Mid and East Devon branch during 2015 - 33,661 telephone calls, 3,058 emails plus 4,478 SMS texts.




Registered Charity
Samaritans Of Exeter Mid And East Devon, a charity registered in England & Wales (1165042). 
Samaritans Of Exeter Mid And East Devon is a recognised branch of Samaritans.