Samaritans of Central Durham, a charity registered in England (1173976). Samaritans of Central Durham is a recognised branch of Samaritans.

Welcome to The Samaritans of Central Durham

If something's troubling you, get in touch:

Telephone our branch:

See below

National telephone:

116 123 (this number is free to call)

Visit our branch:

Samaritans Durham 26 Sutton Street Durham County Durham DH1 4BW

Usual hours open to receive callers at the door:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 12 noon to 2100
Thursday 1800-2100
Saturday and Sunday 1400-2100

Facilities for visitors with disabilities:

We have an accessible visitor's room.

Samaritans of Central Durham, a charity registered in England (1173976). Samaritans of Central Durham is a recognised branch of Samaritans.

Durham Samaritans building with Viaduct lit up in blue in background

Welcome to the Central Durham branch of the Samaritans

My name is Rosemary and I am the Director of the Durham Samaritans.  Our branch is situated in Durham City and we are a short walk from Durham railway station and Durham bus station.  

We have been providing support to telephone callers and visitors for over 48 years and also offer email and text support for those who find it easier to communicate this way.  Our service is needed as much today as it was back in 1970 and every year, we take around 25,000 calls from people going through difficult times. 

We work closely with Durham University, providing training and support to Nightline, a student-run listening service for students.  Our volunteers provide training to prison listeners in Durham and Low Newton prisons, and we give outreach talks to local schools and community groups. We also have a presence at important local events such as the Durham Miners’ Gala, and the Great North Run.

We are always looking for new volunteers for both listening and support roles, so whatever skills you have to offer, please do get in touch.  We run Information Sessions and Selection events where you will receive a very warm welcome and the opportunity to learn more about the work we do. Alternatively you can complete the short application form on this website to express your interest in volunteering with us.  It doesn't commit you to anything, but tells us that you'd like to find out more about what we do.

We look forward to hearing from you,

Rosemary 

Volunteering with Durham Samaritans

There are many different ways to get involved with Durham Samaritans.  As well as recruiting volunteers to take calls, we are looking for people to help with fundraising, publicity, IT support, administrative tasks and general building maintainance.  

If you are interested in volunteering with you us, you can find more information here.

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The Samaritans of Central Durham news

  • Thanks a Millican!

    Headshot of Sarah Millican wearing a red top, with Thanks a Millican as the caption
    6th October 2018
    Comedian and writer Sarah Millican has invited local branches of Samaritans to collect at the end of every one of her shows during this year's "Control Enthusiast" tour
  • Samaritans Coast to Coast walk

    Collage of images of walkers in rainy, sunny and overcast conditions
    30th July 2018
    During July 2018, Samaritans' volunteers and supporters took part in the tough 16 day walk, starting from St Bee's Head in West Cumbria and ending in Robin Hood's Bay near Whitby in North Yorkshire.