Samaritans are available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.
We believe in the value of having time and space to explore difficult feelings. We also believe that being listened to in confidence, and accepted without prejudice, can alleviate despair and suicidal thoughts.
Hillingdon Samaritans is one of over 200 branches in Britain and Ireland. For information about Samartians generally, what we do and how we can help, please click here. The site you are now on is about Samaritans in Uxbridge, supporting the London Borough of Hillingdon and surrounding area.
For help and support any time, day or night, please use the national phone number, email or SMS texting number at the very top of this page. Contact details for Hillingdon Branch of Samaritans are on this page, and information on visiting us to talk with a Samaritans volunteer is here.
We have two volunteer roles that we need in Hillingdon:-
- Listening Volunteer – listening to callers by phone or in person at the branch; responding by text and email to callers. All listening volunteers receive 6 weeks of intensive training before entering the branch to be mentored with a view to becoming full members. 1 3 or 4 hour shift per week mainly evenings, weekends and some night shifts. The branch is located in Uxbridge. We currently have around 60 listening volunteers. In addition, we undertake a lot of outreach work within the community attending schools; immigration centres; feet on the street events; also we have a national Network Rail partnership where we have a presence at stations.
- Support Volunteer – required to do one training session, roles vary from maintenance and gardening to accounts and administration. Also publicity and fundraising.
- All volunteers are DBS checked.
We are also hugely grateful for donations – we are entirely self-funded so rely on donations to keep the branch running.
Our IT equipment is somewhat dated so new computers would be gratefully accepted – we rely heavily on technology these days. If you have a spare computer, or computer parts, we would highly appreciate them!