Rochdale, Oldham and District Samaritans is part of Samaritans, a charity registered in England and Wales (219432) and in Scotland (SC040604) and incorporated in England and Wales as a company limited by guarantee (757372).

Welcome to Rochdale, Oldham and District Samaritans

If something's troubling you, get in touch:

Telephone our branch:

If in crisis pls call 116 123

National telephone:

116 123 (this number is free to call)

Visit our branch:

Samaritans Rochdale 5 Caton Street Rochdale OL16 1QJ

Usual hours open to receive callers at the door:

Check with us before you visit the branch.

Our opening times for face to face visits are:
Monday 15.00-20.00
Tuesday 18.00-22.00
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 18.00-22.00
Friday 18.00-22.00
Saturday 09.00-12.00
Sunday Closed

Facilities for visitors with disabilities:

We have a lift to assist your entry to the building, as well as accessibility adapted toilets.

Rochdale, Oldham and District Samaritans is part of Samaritans, a charity registered in England and Wales (219432) and in Scotland (SC040604) and incorporated in England and Wales as a company limited by guarantee (757372).

About Rochdale, Oldham & District Samaritans

Rochdale Oldham and District Samaritans took its first call on 1st March 1967. The service is needed as much today as it was all those years ago, as a listening ear for our local community, with ordinary people supporting those struggling to cope, round the clock, every single day of the year.

f you would like to talk to us off the record about how you're feeling, and would like emotional support please call our helpline on 01706 868686 (standard charges apply) or Freephone 116 123  or email or text to 07725 909090.  The local areas our branch supports are:

  • Bacup
  • Heywood
  • Littleborough
  • Oldham
  • Rochdale
  • Royton
  • Saddleworth
  • Shaw
  • Todmorden
  • Whitworth


Volunteering in our Branch

As a branch we are always looking for support locally so that we can be there, providing a safe place for people to be themselves and talk to us off the record about whatever is getting to them.

Being a volunteer can help change lives and we are always looking for people to help us provide this vital listening service. Why not pop along to an information session to learn more about becoming a volunteer, what we do and ways you could help?

There are so many ways you could help raise vital Funds for our Branch

Not everyone wants to be a listening volunteer, but there are so many ways to support Samaritans such as administration, fundraising or helping to look after the building. There is something for everyone.  You can help raise money by downloading the fundraising tools at Give as you live and Easyfundraising, where you shop on line, then turn your cash reward from the retailer into a donation.   Did you know you can also donate by text?

Interested in Sponsorship of our branch?

As a possible sponsor you may like to consider one or more of the following:

  • £21.90 would sponsor a call (in blocks of 10)
  • £30 would provide SMS/email training for 1 volunteer
  • £50 would train 1 volunteer to be a Samaritan (this could be a volunteer from your organisation)
  • £40 would provide on-going training for 1 volunteer
  • £75 is the cost of running our branch for 1 day, why not sponsor our branch for one day - this could be a day that is significant yo you or your organisation, i.e. birthday, anniversary, etc
  • £150 would significantly help us with advertising to raise awareness and/or help us recruit more volunteers
  • £350 would pay for 1 of our telephone lines per quarter - would you like to sponsor 1 telephone line for a quarter
  • £500 would help us raise awareness with advertising and publicity to high risk groups of the local community

For further details, please contact our fundraising officer at

In anticipation, thank you for your interest.

Did you know you could raise vital funds for our branch as well as protecting the environment!

Why not recycle your inkjet cartridges or mobile phones and raise much needed funds for our branch click on this link to help us

Our work in HMP Buckley Hall

Rochdale, Oldham & District Samaritans supports prisoners at HMP Buckley Hall through a Listener Scheme.  The Listener Scheme is a peer support scheme whereby we select, train and support prisoners to offer confidential emotional support to their fellow inmates.

Would you like one of our Speakers to come and talk to you?

If you are a teacher at a school, or a member of a club or society we would be delighted to come and talk to you about the work Samaritans do.

Local Action Saves Lives Campaign

We are calling on everyone who cares about preventing suicide to step up and ask for action in their own communities by emailing their councillors.  It really so easy, all you need to do is enter your contact details on Samaritans website and we will tell you who your councillor is and we even provide suggested text for you.

Rochdale, Oldham and District Samaritans news

  • Local football club supporting a local charity

    13th October 2018
    We enjoyed a warm and windy Saturday afternoon at Rochdale Football Club. The banter was great before the match, a bit subdued at half-time and, we imagine, would have been pretty gloomy by 5 o’clock – perhaps we should have stayed longer to give a bit of comfort to the losing fans! We did, however, speak to lots of people, give out loads of cards, get really good feedback and thanks from folk, which is always nice and, of course, raised bucket-loads of cash. Janet was also ably assisted by a youngster who took charge of her bucket, sang out the praises of Samaritans and probably doubled our takings!
  • Think about leaving a legacy

    6th October 2018
    A gift in your will to Samaritans can ensure future generations have someone who will listen when it matters most. It's a gift so powerful, it can change and even save a life.
  • Mayor of Rochdale and High Sheriff of Greater Manchester visit

    14th September 2018
    Volunteers welcomed the Mayor of Rochdale and the High Sheriff of Greater Manchester, Dr Robina Shah, to the branch for a visit on Friday 14th September. There was just time for a quick tour, a chat and photos, and Dr Shah said that she was very impressed with all the work that we all do as volunteers.
  • Wheatsheaf Centre Rochdale

    30th August 2018
    Our volunteers were in the Wheatsheaf Centre raising awareness of our service, do you know what we do? You might be surprised! We are there for everyone.