Change someone's life - your own

"I have met some amazing people at Samaritans. They're not people I would normally have met in my day-to-day life and they're from really different backgrounds but I've made some firm friends.
I think I'm more open to people than I was."

Benefits of volunteering for Samaritans

Our volunteers are changing lives every day, and developing valuable skills and friendships along the way.

Volunteers are 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. We currently have over 20,000 volunteers giving up a few hours of their time every few weeks to help support people around the UK find their way, through whatever is troubling them.

Benefits of becoming a Samaritans volunteer

  • change peoples’ lives
  • contribute and share existing skills
  • develop new listening and communication skills you can use in all aspects of your life
  • meet new people from all different kinds of backgrounds and cultures
  • improve your CV
  • give something back to your local community

Volunteer training

We’re behind you all the way with the training and support you need for the volunteer role you take on.

Your training will show you how to give your whole attention to each person you’re supporting, and empathise with their feelings without being overwhelmed yourself.

You’ll be surrounded by people with the same motivation as you.  

Our branches vary in size, and operate on a rota system of  shifts, every hour of the day and night, so you’re likely to meet different people on each shift. And lots of our branches organise social events you can take part in.

It's made me think about things in a new light and question why certain people do certain things.

I'm more sympathetic as a person now.

Still not sure about volunteering for Samaritans?

If you have any queries about volunteering with the Samaritans, please contact the National Volunteer Recruitment team:

Write: Samaritans, Volunteering Department, The Upper Mill, Kingston Road, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 2AF


It makes me feel great, after a lot of training, mentoring and building up of experience, to be able, at last, to call myself a fully qualified Samaritans volunteer.

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