About Barrow Samaritans
Our branch opened its doors in 1971. Our claim to fame is that Chad Varah who set up Samaritans was a curate in Barrow during the war. One of our longest serving Samaritans at the time told Chad that "Samaritans would never catch on" - how wrong can someone be!
We currently have 48 volunteers and are looking to grow and expand the branch - new volunteers are always welcome - check out our volunteering section.
We offer emotional support in person, by telephone, by email and by text and on average each year we help over 13,400 people going through a tough time.
Our work in Barrow
A really important part of Samaritans work is to reach out to people in the community and work with other organisations to raise awareness of what we do and offer support to as many people as we can.
We have an outreach team who work with, for example, local schools. We love giving talks to anyone who invites us, so we can spread the word.
Volunteering in our Branch
Everyone in the branch is a volunteer from Sarah our Director to our part time fundraisers. We have around 48 volunteers in our branch. Although Samaritans is best known for its listening volunteers who answer the telephones, there are so many other ways in which you can help us. We have roles in administration, fundraising, IT support and building maintenance for example. If you are interested in volunteering with us why not click on the volunteering in our branch button.
If you are interested why not pop along to the branch and get the answers to any of your questions. We currently run 2 training groups during the year - our training is known in the industry to be outstanding!
Raising funds for our Branch can be fun!
There are so many ways you can raise money for us!
Each year our branch receives over 13,400 calls for support. We need your support to help us make sure we can be there for anyone who needs us.
There are many ways in which you can help us; no contribution is too small to make a big difference to our branch.
Would you like one of our Speakers team to come and talk to you?
We are always happy to give talks to other organisations, schools, members of clubs or societies. If you are interested in finding out about Samaritans and what we actually do why not contact us. Talks are normally undertaken by the Director and the Deputy for outreach.
Did you know we support Listeners every 2 weeks. The Listening service is run in conjunction with National Offenders Management Service. The Listener Scheme is a peer support scheme whereby we select, train and support prisoners to offer confidential emotional support to their fellow inmates.
Local Action Saves Lives Campaign
We are calling on everyone who cares about preventing suicide to step up and ask for action in their communities by emailing their councillors. It is really easy you just need to enter your contact details on Samaritans website https://goo.gl/qZA3uj and we will tell you who your councillor is and even provide suggested text.