Welcome to Samaritans of Portsmouth and East Hampshire.
Like all Samaritans branches we are here to support anyone who is distressed or suicidal. Each year our volunteers answer more than 30,000 calls.
Our volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds and walks of life. Some of the younger ones fit volunteering round student life. Some of the senior volunteers have 40 years or more experience. Anyone who is over 18, wants to help others, and is tolerant and open-minded is welcome to join us. There is more information here.
There's a short video of a few of our volunteers talking about their experience of volunteering with us, what they’ve learnt and what they value, here.
Samaritans of Portsmouth and East Hampshire is affiliated to the National Samaritans organisation however we are a registered charity in our own right, and have to raise funds to cover all our costs.
We need your help to cover the costs of our centre at 296 London Rd, training and supporting our volunteers, and of our outreach work. If you’d like to give online simply go to our JustGiving page here. You can also give by text. Just text TALK to 70560 to give £3. (This costs £3 plus one standard network rate message).
You can also support us, at no cost to yourself, via Amazon Smile and EasyFundRaising.
Amazon Smile will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to us, at no cost to you. It’s the same products, prices and services as the Amazon you know. Simple go to smile.amazon.com and log on with your existing Amazon account, then search for and select us - Samaritans of Portsmouth and East Hampshire.
EasyFundRaising turn your everyday online shopping into free donations to your chosen charity. You can raise donations for us whenever you shop online. Just start your online shopping first at easyfundraising, then shop as normal. To sign up and support us click here.
Sam’s Place in Southsea
Sam’s Place is a unique charity shop and community hub in Southsea. They raise funds for us, and also work to reduce isolation and loneliness in the community. Please do visit them, or donate to them. They are at 6 Grove Road South, PO5 3QT, close to St Jude's Church.
We would like to thank Big Yellow Self Storage in Portsmouth for providing free storage space for the shop stock.
As well as their work in the branch our volunteers are active in our local community. Our outreach includes:
- Visiting schools, to introduce the children to Samaritans, and help them support the emotional health of themselves and their friends
- Visiting all our local railway stations, especially after an incident, to raise awareness of the support we offer
- Maintaining contact with hospitals and GP surgeries, helping them to understand when to refer people to us
- Veterans Outreach, letting veterans know we are there for them when they need us
- We assist in the training and support of Listeners within prisons
- We reach out to high risk groups and communities to reduce the risk of suicide.
Please do follow us on Twitter : @PortsmouthSama1
Please do get in touch
If you have any questions about Portsmouth and East Hampshire Samaritans please do contact us by emailing [email protected].
Our privacy statement
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