Volunteer with us

Volunteers are at the heart of Samaritans

We welcome and value every volunteer, from all walks of life. Whatever your interests, experience or skills, we have a role for you. You can make an amazing difference at Samaritans helping to support people around the UK and Ireland when they need someone to talk to or they are going through a difficult time in their life.

We will train, mentor and support you in whatever role you choose to do. 

Apply to volunteer

or make a donation to help us continue our life-saving work.

Why we need volunteers

Samaritans is a volunteer led organisation, as well as supporting people in emotional distress, our team of volunteers undertake outreach in the community, carry out fundraising, support us through administrative roles and in many other ways, all of which are vital to ensure that the service remains available round the clock, every day of the year.

We positively welcome enquiries from all sections of the community, including Black and Minority Ethnic groups, people with disabilities and members of the LGBT community.

“I don’t think I would be anywhere near where I am now without having been involved with Samaritans. Being accepted by all the other volunteers has helped me enormously with my confidence, and I love living my life as the way I should have been born." Bobbi

What’s involved?

There are different ways you can support Samaritans as a volunteer...

We are known for the support we offer our callers on the phone but we also offer support by email, SMS, face to face and through written correspondence. Helping Samaritans in this way is known as a listening volunteer.

"One thing that I always take away from a shift is the ‘feel-good factor’. Working in an environment with positive people and occasionally being told that just being there made all the difference to someone’s life, is reward enough for me." Herbie

You can also support us in many other ways which can include:

Publicity; social media; fundraising; outreach; looking after new volunteers and a variety of administrative roles. There is more information about the different roles here (link to page that has more info about other roles).  These roles are key to ensuring that we can continue to run our branches and support callers. Samaritans also have a number of charity shops with volunteering opportunities available. These shops help raise vital funds to keep our services running.

Find out more – without committing yourself

If you’ve ever wondered whether volunteering with Samaritans is for you, filling in the short form on this website is a great next step.

It doesn’t commit you to anything. It simply tells us that you’d like to find out more, and which of our 201 branches is nearest to you.

Your nearest branch will get in touch and invite you to an information evening, where you can talk to people from your area who already volunteer, and ask as many questions as you like. 

or make a donation

We positively welcome enquiries from all sections of the community, including Black and Minority Ethnic groups, people with disabilities and members of the LGBT community.