Welcome to Reading Samaritans!
Unfortunately we are unable to receive callers in person at our Centre at present but if you are in emotional distress and need support we are always available via phone: 116 123 (free from any phone) and email: [email protected]
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.
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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