Cambridge Samaritans

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Cambridge Samaritans: Branch Expansion Project


Someone who is suicidal, despairing or in distress contacts Samaritans every six seconds, and every single day around 16 people decide to end their own life across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Cambridge Samaritans, one of the oldest and largest Samaritan branches in the country, has been serving people in Cambridge and in the wider community for over 50 years. 

We provide emotional support local and nationally to callers to alleviate their feelings of despair and distress, and therefore reduce the likelihood of them taking their own life. Samaritans are here 24/7; last year alone our branch took 26,073 calls, sent 1,615 emails and 2,262 texts, and had 220 face-to-face meetings. We spent 9,562 hours on the phone.

We are entirely run and managed by 170 unpaid volunteers, who not only take calls but also train new Samaritansprovide internal support, and manage branch administration. Cambridge Samaritans works intensively with local organisations including Jimmy’s Night ShelterLittlehey PrisonNetwork Rail, and local schools and colleges.

 Cambridge Samaritans needs your support to train new volunteerssupport existing ones, maintain our facilities, and develop our premises in order to expand our capacity - at present we just cannot respond to all the people who contact us for urgent support.

 If you would like to further discuss a gift to help us to continue to support people in great distress and save lives, please do not hesitate to contact Charlotte Berrill – Vice Director and Secretary to the Samaritans Trustees at 4 Emmanuel Rd, Cambridge CB1 1JW.

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