Welcome to The Samaritans of Taunton and Somerset

If something's troubling you, get in touch:

Telephone our branch:

01823 288 998 (local call charges apply)

National telephone:

116 123 (this number is free to call)

Visit our branch:

Samaritans Taunton 16 Wood Street Taunton Somerset TA1 1UN

Usual hours open to receive callers at the door:

9:00am - 9:00pm (no appointment necessary) - Please ring the door bell and wait. Someone will be with you as soon as they become available. Front door will be shut if we are closed for unforeseen circumstances.

Facilities for visitors with disabilities:

Disabled access friendly. Anybody and everybody who are in emotional distress are welcome to contact us by any means.

Taunton Samaritans


Our volunteers are people from all walks of life with different experiences. There is a huge age range of volunteers all with different jobs or retired. Our similiarities are that we are a caring bunch, who are always willing to listen to what you have to say.

Brief History

1965 - Reverend Michael Scott had arranged a meeting to discuss opening a Samaritan's Branch in Bridgwater

30th April 1968 - Bridgwater branch opened and the first call was made. It consisted of 39 volunteers. Reverend Brian Whiting and his wife took phone calls in the vicarage during the night, with help from Jack Dipple.

7th January 1972 - Interviews for volunteers started and the first lot of training given.

27th April 1972 - 15 New extra volunteers had completed the training.

January 1972 - Idea of having a Directorate was introduced.

21st September 1973 - Taunton Samaritans branch opened.

1982 - Bridgwater branch closed down. The volunteers were spread out across: Taunton, Yeovil and Weston branches.


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Taunton Samaritans