Local businesses give Samaritans a helping hand

The local Samaritans branch in Summerland Street, Barnstaple has recently benefitted from some essential repairs and improvement works thanks to a community initiative by North Devon Homes and donations from big hearted local businesses.

The project was successfully delivered through joint working between North Devon Homes and its partner contractors, Pro-fit Windows and Doors, James Electrics and Liberty Gas. When awarding some larger contracts, North Devon Homes will take into account the contributions offered by the contractor which would benefit the wider local community.

Pro-fit Windows and Doors supplied and fitted a new front door, James Electrics removed and refitted the electrics and entry system and Liberty Gas have carried out a range of improvement works including replacing a radiator, servicing the boiler, general repairs and painting.  

Director of Samaritans' Barnstaple branch, Jane, says: “We would really like to thank North Devon Homes and their contractors, Pro-Fit Windows and Doors, Liberty Gas and James Electrics  for doing these vital repairs to the branch building. Samaritans is a charity and we rely on contributions like this to enable us to keep running our services which help people in the local community if they are struggling.”

The branch has 50 volunteers who use the branch at all times of day and night to support people who get in touch via the helpline, email, or call in for face to face help and support. 

Carrying out repairs and maintenance on the building is essential to help keep the running costs down. The new door will increase security and reduce maintenance, as well as improving energy efficiency for the building. The repairs and improvements have helped to create a welcoming and bright space for volunteers and visitors.

Support from local business is vital to help keep the branch open.

You don’t have to be suicidal to call Samaritans. You can talk to them any time you like, in your own way, and off the record – about whatever’s getting to you.You can call free, anytime from any phone on 116 123 or contact them via email jo@samaritans.org visit the Samaritans website at samaritans.org or visit their local offices at 2 Summerland Street, Barnstaple EX32 8JQ opening hours are:

Monday 13.00 - 21.00
Tuesday 16.00 - 21.00
Wednesday 10.00 - 21.00
Thursday 16.00 - 21.00
Friday 10.00 - 21.00
Sunday 13.00 - 21.00