Samaritans of Exeter, Mid and East Devon

Contact us

116 123 free from any phone

0330 094 5717 local call charges apply

10 Richmond Road
Devon EX4 4JA

How we can help

Listening service
Schools outreach
Prisons outreach
Face to face
10:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
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  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible

An introduction to Exeter Mid and East Devon Samaritans - welcome to our website



In 2021 we responded to 31,417 contacts within the branch. Of these 27,787 were telephone calls, 2,689 were emails and 941 webchat contacts. 


We have over 120 volunteers in our branch; in addition to responding to callers, we would normally conduct outreach work across our area, such as offering wellbeing talks to school students and holding fundraising collections at supermarkets. We also work with 'Listeners' in Exeter Prison - these people offer emotional support to other prisoners.

Anyone wishing to volunteer with our branch should apply at www.samaritans.org/support-us/volunteer. They will then be invited to a one-hour online session to explain what's involved and give an opportunity to ask questions, meet Samaritans and find out about our work.

And a reminder - all of our training is undertaken by other volunteers.


Occasionally we make the news - in a good way. Please read these to get a flavour about why:


Exeter Samaritans held its first meeting to recruit volunteers in November 1963 - we were one of the first out-of-London branches, set up 10 years after the national charity was founded by the Reverend Chad Varah.

Exeter Samaritans’ telephone number ‘went live’ in 1964 and by 1970 there were 1,800 annual ‘contacts’ from people by telephone or face-to-face. This rose to 6,865 by 1975.

The local branch increased in geographical size to cover parts of Devon as well as Exeter, larger premises were used and at different times we had a city centre charity shop - and our own caravan!

In 1992 a Listeners team was created in Exeter Prison; prisoners were trained by Samaritans to support their peers and this remains a vital part of our work today.

In 1999 we moved to our current central Exeter premises, and now we respond to callers by email as well as the original telephone and face-to-face.

Late in 2020 we opened a shop in Sidmouth, inside our 'patch'. It's open five days a week, Tuesday to Saturday, and run entirely by volunteers. Help towards this shop is also kindly donated by Creeds – Design and Print, Bridport.

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Samaritans Of Exeter Mid And East Devon, a charity registered in England & Wales (1165042). Samaritans Of Exeter Mid And East Devon is a recognised branch of Samaritans.