Your help will enable us to be there for someone in need, who has perhaps reached crisis point or who is struggling to cope.
Central London Samaritans, based in the heart of London, is the founding branch of the wider Samaritans organisation. Our volunteers provide confidential, non-judgemental, emotional support to anyone who is struggling to cope for whatever reason.
We’re here to listen every hour of every day and have provided this support without interruption since opening in 1953 at St Stephen Walbrook. We respond to around 80,000 requests for help each year via phone calls, email and webchat as well as taking our services to vulnerable individuals at highest risk of suicide such as homeless people, people in prison, people in custody and those bereaved by suicide.
How your money can help us
Could provide ongoing email support for someone struggling to cope
Could cover the cost of 5 calls for help
Keeps our branch open for 1 hour
It costs £350,000 per year to keep our phone lines and our doors open. For operational spend, 90p in every £1 is spent on our charitable activities. By donating or fundraising for our branch, you will help us continue to be there for our callers.
How we've managed during the Covid-19 pandemic
We are proud to say that, since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and despite initially losing a third of our volunteers to shielding and self-isolating, we have managed to keep our phone lines open 24 hours a day throughout, thereby maintaining our 68 year old record of having never closed.
At the outset of the pandemic, we adapted quickly and effectively to the challenges it posed. Through a combination of our regular supporters and some Covid-19 response funding, we were able to re-configure our duty room and make other adjustments to the building’s internal layout, thereby creating a safe environment for our volunteers and staff alike. We also increased our spend on volunteer welfare and travel to ensure their safety when coming to and from the branch.
Although many of the social restrictions associated with the pandemic have been lifted, financial challenges remain. Our ability to raise funds through community events, room hire and external ‘training’ events is still somewhat subdued.