59A Cholmeley Road
Reading RG1 3NB
Welcome to Reading Samaritans!
We're an active branch, made up of 150 dedicated volunteers who all play a vital part in supporting our callers - whether by phone, text, email, in person at our branch or at community events across Berkshire.
Last year we answered more than 40,000 calls - could you help us continue being there when and where our callers need us most? We're currently looking for:
Why volunteer with us?
Read testimonials from a user of the Samaritan service, a volunteer and a trustee.
Volunteer Information Evenings at Reading Samaritans
If you think volunteering with us might be right for you, please come along to one of the following Information Evenings at our branch (address above) to find out more about what we do and how we support our volunteers:
Thursday 27th February 2020, 20:00 - 21:15
To Register your interest, please complete the contact form by clicking here and we will get back to you with information on how to find us and to confirm your place.
Recent Outreach events
- Brew Monday (January 20 2020)
Volunteers from Reading Samaritans, as well as those from many other branches, were out in force in railway stations throughout the country. On one of the coldest days of the year, our volunteers handed out teabags throughout the day at Reading station to raise awareness and encourage people to take the time to talk to someone.
- World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10 2019)
Our volunteers gave a talk to 40+ Reading Borough Council staff about managing difficult conversations and understanding when someone might be struggling with their emotions.
- Royal Berkshire Hospital (September 3 2019)
As a contribution to the hospital's Mental Health Study Day, a talk was given to a group of nurses and other RBH staff to support the training around listening skills. This formed part of Reading Samaritans' ongoing work supporting the hospital.
- Reading Pride (August 31 2019)
Samaritan volunteers maintained a presence throughout the day at Reading Pride. There were many chats with people wanting to know more about Samaritans as well as those thanking Samaritans for being there for them. Enthusiasm was not dampened by rain in the afternoon!
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