On the 1st March 1960, Samaritans founder, Chad Varah made the inaugural call to our helpline on the original number MAR9000. Samaritans of Liverpool and Merseyside was the second branch of Samaritans to open in England, and we have been open to callers for more than 56 years. We're very proud of our heritage.
Today, from our base on Clarence Street in Liverpool City Centre our 120 volunteers support more than 40 000 callers every year by phone, email, SMS and face to face visits. We work with prisons, schools, rail companies, community groups, charities, and many other local organisations to provide support and raise awareness of our work.
We're reliant entirely on your generous donations, and do not receive any funding. Perhaps you can help support the costs of providing our service by gathering sponsorship in an upcoming event, raising money through a local sale, or making a personal donation by clicking the 'donate now' button to the right.
Perhaps you'd like to volunteer with us? We're best known for our volunteers who support callers by telephone, known as Listening Volunteers. To run a service like ours, we need an huge team of volunteers in many different roles such as fundraising, publicity and outreach, all working together to help achieve our collective vision: that fewer people die by suicide. If you'd like to find out more, come along to one of our monthly Information Evenings. To view the upcoming dates and to book a place on an Information Evening, please click here.