Samaritans was founded in 1953 by Chad Varah who was a vicar living in London.
Throughout his career Chad had offered counselling to his parishioners, and wanted to do something more specific to help people struggling to cope and possibly contemplating suicide. Just a year later in 1954 Chad officially handed over the task of supporting the callers to the volunteers, and Samaritans as we know it today was born. Samaritans service today still operates on Chad’s guiding principles of confidential, non-judgmental support.
Today there are over 20,500 volunteers, 201 branches across the UK and Ireland and annually we receive over 5,000,000 calls for help. Samaritans are available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.
Samaritans of East Surrey was established in 1964 and last year we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of our branch. We are currently located in the High St, Reigate. If you are interested in becoming a Samaritan volunteer please contact our branch for details of our next open evening – thank you.