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,
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.