Article submitted by the Worcester Samaritans
Almost 60 years ago Worcester Samaritans was founded in the November of 1963. Much has happened in the intervening decades since our launch, and we now occupy a listed building in Sansome Place very close to Worcester city centre. We are part of the national organisation of Samaritans which was founded 10 years earlier by the legendary Chad Varah who was a Church of England vicar in the Diocese of London.
Our vision is simple but compelling; we want fewer people to die from suicide. Nationally our vision is shared and delivered by over 22,000 volunteers up and down the country who answer phone calls, reply to emails, and respond to online chats from those in need of emotional support. Here at the Worcester Samaritans we have over 80 active unpaid volunteers who answered nearly 18,000 phone calls for support in 2021.
We are a local charity and therefore need to raise our own funds to continue to provide a consistent and effective service 24/7, 365 days of the year.