Helping and supporting the people of Basildon and Thurrock
The Samaritans of Basildon and Thurrock serve the communities of South Essex and towns including Grays, Wickford, Billericay, Stanford-le-Hope and Basildon.
Basildon and Thurrock Samaritans were formed in 1967 when local business people got together and decided there was a need for a Samaritans in Basildon. Our branch was formed in a small room at the back of the old doctors surgery in the Fremnells. We only had a single telephone and back then we only opened for a few hours a week and we even diverted the calls so we could take calls in our homes.
Two years later In 1969 we moved 500 yards to a room in St. Andrews Church where we openned a few hours more but still took calls at home. It was'nt until 1971 that we moved to our present day home, 16 Little Lullaway.
Thankfully the days of one volunteer per shift are now gone, however our volunteers are still committed as ever. We have roughly 100 active volunteers who represent a diverse cross section of the community that we live in. We would love you to join us, so please read on to find out about volunteering and fundraising for your local Samaritan branch.
Volunteer at Basildon and Thurrock Samaritans!
There are so many ways to get involved with Basildon and Thurrock Samaritans. As well as taking calls, we are looking for people to help with fundraising, publicity and other activities. To register your interest of volunteering with Basildon and Thurrock Samaritans, please complete this volunteer form.
You can read general information on volunteering with Samaritans here.
Fundraise for Basildon and Thurrock Samaritans
We are always on the lookout for amazing and enthusiastic people to help us fundraise.
This could be in any way, from running a 5k race (or longer if you're feeling ambitious) to holding a garden fete or a used book or clothing sale.
If you're interested in helping Basildon and Thurrock Samaritans to fundraise email us here.