About Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn & Ribble Valley Samaritans
Our branch has been providing support to people in our local area and beyond for almost 50 years. We mainly cover the following areas:
- Great Harwood
We have been on New Park Street since 1973 - in the heart of Blackburn town centre. We offer emotional support in person, by telephone, by email and by text and on average each year we help over 30,000 people going through a tough time.
Our Work in the Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn & Ribble Valley Community
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 Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn & Ribble Valley Branch
Everyone in the Branch is a volunteer, from Judith our Director to our part time fundraisers. We have between 60 and 70 volunteers. 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.
For more information on volunteering why not attend one of our information sessions where you can find out what we do. Please ring our recruitment line on 01254 682266 or alternatively email us on firstname.lastname@example.org so we can book you on to one of our information sessions.
We really look forward to hearing from you.
We would like to say thank you Steve Pemberton and Peter Gunn for becoming our branch's Ambassadors. Here is a little bit about our ambassadors.
Steve was born and raised in Blackburn and is well known for a number of acting roles including being in the award winning comedy "The League of Gentlemen" and also playing Mick Garvey in "Benidorm". Steve is a well known producer, performer and writer and it is a great honour that he has agreed to become our Ambassador. We really look forward to working with him to increase awareness throughout the local community.
Peter has lived in Blackburn for the past 20 yrs and has worked in film /T.V. / radio and theatre. For the past few years Peter has been playing the part of Brian Packham in Coronation St.
Raising Funds for the Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn & Ribble Valley Branch can be fun!
There are so many ways you can raise money for us!
Each year our branch recieves over 26,000 calls for support. We need your support to help us to 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. You can now also Text BLKBN24 £3 to 70070 and donate £3.
Our branch is currently disabled friendly for face to face callers only, however we are currently going through renovation of our building to ensure it is disabled friendly for potential volunteers. To achieve our aims we are looking to raise £100k to allow us to fully achieve this. We are looking to raise these vital funds and for local sponsors to help us be able to acheive this vital renovation work and then we can accomodate volunteers with all disabilities. If you can help us to achieve this goal no matter how small your contribution we would love to hear from you.
Our Work in HMP Garth
Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn & Ribble Valley supports prisoners at HMP Garth 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 team 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. Click here for more details
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. Is is really easy you just need to enter your contact details on Samaritans website and we will tell you who yor councillor is and even provide suggested text https://goo.gl/qZA3uj