Branch History

History of Bridgend Branch

1972 - Bridgend Samaritans was founded out of the concern from some local ministers in Maesteg, over the deprivation and the resultant family problems in the valleys.

With the support of Swansea Samaritans and local people, volunteers started their training and duties in the Swansea branch, while a suitable building was arranged. With the support of Maesteg Town Council, a council house at Station Hill was provided as a base for the new branch.

1973 – On 3Oth June, the official opening of the Maesteg branch by the director of Swansea Samaritans, officials of Maesteg Council and the regional representative.  At this time Maesteg was not a full branch and only had a senior leader, the volunteers divided their duties between the Swansea and Maesteg Branches as Maesteg was only open between the hours of 7 to 10pm.

1975 - It was clear that Maesteg branch wouldn't be able to open 24 hours a day, which was one of the aims in the future for the branch.  It was felt that the branch would have to move to a more central location in Mid-Glamorgan to be able to justify a 24 hour branch.  Bridgend was the logical location and so in 1975 Maesteg Samaritans moved to Wyndam Street in Bridgend thanks to all the hard work of its volunteers.

We were able to extend our availability to 12 hours per day and the branch continued to grow and eventually attained 24 hour availability status, we then appointed our first Director who was the branches senior leader up in Maesteg.

1978 - We moved from Wyndham street and moved to a house on Coity Road, we stayed there for 10 years

1988 - we moved to our current premises in Green Street, we have continued our 24 hour service since then.