Edinburgh & The Lothians Samaritans

Charity registered in Scotland SC006778

Samaritans' Mission is to be 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.
Our Values are based on the following beliefs:

  • The importance of having the opportunity to explore difficult feelings
  • That being listened to, in confidence, and accepted without prejudice, can alleviate despair and suicidal feelings
  • That everyone has the right to make fundamental decisions about their own life, including the decision to die by suicide.
    The branch is one of about 200 in the UK and Ireland. It is the oldest in Scotland.

Current opportunity

The volunteer will join about 150 other Samaritans in the Branch which operates round the clock - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The volunteer will support people in crisis, either on the phone, in person at the Samaritan Centre, or by email or SMS (phone) Text. Each year we expect to receive about 25,000 phone calls, 300 personal visits, and over 2,000 emails from all over the world. There are also opportunities to take part in running the Branch and in our growing outreach programme.