Samaritans Weybridge (North West Surrey) Registered Charity 238325
Samaritans offer confidential emotional support to people going through a crisis or in
distress, including people at risk of suicide, by being there to listen. We aim to help people
find ways of coping with their distress, however acute, through answering telephone calls,
emails, texts and face to face contact. We also have an outreach programme which
includes running and supporting the listening service at both local prisons and providing
talks about emotional health and our services at local schools and within organisations.
Our callers – of all ages – contact us to talk about problems covering all aspects of
life. These include alcoholism, self-harming, financial worries, mental health problems,
bereavement, loneliness, relationships, divorce, physical disability, sexual
problems, examination pressure, homelessness, unemployment, step-children issues, drug
problems, health worries, emotional, physical, mental abuse, including problems at work
such as workplace stress, difficult people, redundancy, relocation and career issues.
During 2013, the NW Surrey Samaritans branch handled 35,981 contacts with callers,
whether they were by phone, text, email or in person. There are 107 active volunteers in
our branch aged from 18 to over 80. We run the branch without any salaried staff and
receive no government funding so rely on donations or our own fundraising to remain
open. It costs £25,000 per annum to maintain and run the branch in Addlestone,
Surrey. We are a registered charity – number 238325 – and operate as an independent
branch within the network of 201 branches of Samaritans nationwide.
The NW Surrey Samaritans branch has its 50th birthday in 2014 and we are organising
some anniversary events for corporate sponsorship, the local community and our
volunteers. There will be publicity opportunities at these events.
We also offer a range of services to promote Samaritans’ work:
coaching staff on working with charities
training e.g. listening skills, stress management, employee wellbeing
lunchtime/canteen information desk
Volunteers Week or Learning at Work day
Sponsorship of Samaritans event or project
Ad hoc or regular donation or collection
If you are interested in talking to us about any of the above opportunities, then please get in
Jenny Simnett, Trustee, Business Sponsorship
NW Surrey Samaritans