Canterbury and District Samaritans, a charity registered in England (1166874). Canterbury and District Samaritans is a recognised branch of Samaritans.

Welcome to Canterbury and District Samaritans

If something's troubling you, get in touch:

Telephone our branch:

01227 457777 (local call charges apply)

National telephone:

116 123 (this number is free to call)

Visit our branch:

Samaritans Canterbury 32 Northgate Canterbury Kent CT1 1BL

Usual hours open to receive callers at the door:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 08.00 - 20.00 and Tuesdays 12.00 - 20.00
We are closed on Sundays.
Entrance at the back of the building.

Facilities for visitors with disabilities:

Wheelchair access

Canterbury and District Samaritans, a charity registered in England (1166874). Canterbury and District Samaritans is a recognised branch of Samaritans.

Thinking about volunteering?

You will have seen on the main Samaritans web pages how we help callers through a tough time.  It doesn't matter what problem they are trying to cope with.  They can contact us by phone, email or text or visit our branch in Canterbury.  We will listen, in confidence.

We are always looking for volunteers willing to support someone in distress.  Please come and join us doing this vital and very worthwhile work.                                                                           The next information event is on Wednesday evening November 22nd and we are holding a Information and Selection day on Saturday January 20th 2018. Please do not just turn up, if you would like to attend please email Jessie at the.samaritans@btconnect.com                                                                          To access a Volunteer Interest Form please click on the 'Volunteer at this branch' button on this page.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Supporting our local community

Apart from our listening duties we support groups in the area where our Samaritans skills would be useful.   Our outreach team continues its relationship with Canterbury's university students and local schools.  They also give awareness talks and are part of the Network Rail Partnership, making contact with passengers and staff.  Our prison team recruits and trains Listeners at Elmley and Stanford Hill prisons. Listeners are prisoners themselves who offer to supprt fellow prisoners in distress.

Good relationships have been formed with the huge university population of Canterbury

Good relationships have been formed with the huge university population of Canterbury

In partnership with Network Rail we provide support for passengers and staff at local stations

In partnership with Network Rail we provide support for passengers and staff at local stations

Fund-raising

Although Samaritans is a national charity each branch has to fund it itself.  To keep the Canterbury branch operating we need to find over £32,000 every year; that's more than £80 a day!  We also need to implement essential refurbishments to the centre to improve the support we give our callers and this will cost a further £10,000.    If you are able to help with a donation, large or small, please use the 'Donate to this branch' button on this page or phone us on 01227 457 777 or write to: The Treasurer, Canterbury & District Samaritans, 32 Northgate, Canterbury CT1 1BL.

The Friends of Canterbury & District Samaritans has been introduced for supporters to pledge a monthly or yearly sum, helping us to help others.  Just a small, regular amount can make a big difference.  For details on becoming a Friend please mail friends@canterburysamaritans.org.uk

Could you help as a Support Volunteers?

If you feel that you couldn't be a Listening Volunteer but wish to help Samaritans carry on their work, could you be part of our Support Volunteer Team by helping with collections, organising fund-raising events or concerts, or sourcing funds through other means?  Do you have skills in IT, finance or maintenance that would help keep our centre open and running smoothly?  For more information please email Jessie at the.samaritans@btconnect.com