Stratford Samaritans volunteering information

Could you be a Samaritan in Stratford? 

You don't need any special qualifications to be a Samaritan volunteer, but open-mindedness, discretion and common sense are huge assets. So is the ability to listen carefully to others talking about their lives and personal problems without making judgements or wanting to offer advice. And a good Samaritan will not want to dominate conversations.

Samaritans come from all age groups and backgrounds and you may know one or two already without being aware of it, like the young woman on the check-out at your local supermarket or the retired solicitor who lives up the road.
After training, volunteers are asked to make a commitment to spend around 4 hours a week (approx. 16 hours a month) in the Samaritans Branch office at Stratford, supporting people on the phone, by email or in person who are going through a crisis in their lives. There are day-time, evening and night-time shifts every day and volunteers are expected to sign up for an assortment of shifts.

Open Evenings

The Stratford branch of Samaritans holds regular Open Evenings for anyone interested in becoming a listening volunteer. These take place at 7.30 pm in Tyler House and last about an hour. They are followed two or three weeks later by Interview and Selection evenings at 7.00 pm also in Tyler House.

To find out about the next Open Evening please email

Could you be a Support Volunteer in Stratford? 

You may not want to be a Samaritan volunteer but you may like to help our branch in other ways. We welcome supporters who are reliable, honest and trustworthy and can bring expertise to the branch. It could be in fundraising, IT, finance, maintenance or many other areas. We are open to suggestions!