The main function of the Samaritans is to talk to people in distress and who may be considering taking their own life. But a Samaritans branch cannot exist without premises and funds to support it. There are over 200 Samaritans branches across the country and each branch is a registered charity and as such has to fund itself. Each branch is also essentially a 'franchisee' of the Samaritans organisation who set the standards for the Samaritans Service and to whom each branch pays a levy.
The "Friends of Barnstaple Samaritans" are a group of 'support' volunteers who run social events for the branch and raise funds. So for instance the Friends have recently organised and run a bowling night.
Below is a link to a list of their current an planned activites.
Other examples of the work of our Friends activities are:
- Barn dances
- Stalls at Barnstaple and South Molton Pannier Markets
- The 2013 Samaritans Walk
- Coffee mornings
- Chat and Make social mornings
- The "Spike Drivers" concert held at Chittlehampton village hall
Being a Friend of Barnstaple Samaritans is as much a social activity as voluntary work. If you are the sort of person who enjoys working with people and wants to support the Samaritans please come an join us.
To contact us you can either:
- Email us at: 'firstname.lastname@example.org'
- Write to us '2 Summerland Street, Barnstaple, EX32 8JJ'
If you decide to join us then we will give you some basic Samaritans training just to let you know what the Samaritans is all about (usually done with trainee 'listening' volunteers).
We will look forward to hearing from you.