Samaritans’ vision is that fewer people die by suicide.
Edinburgh Samaritans is a registered Scottish charity which is a branch of Samaritans, a charity which operates throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Edinburgh Samaritans, based at 25 Torphichen Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8HX, aims to be open to telephone callers 24/7, 365 days a year.
Around 21,000 inbound calls were taken in 2022/2021. We also offer emotional support via email and online chat, and hope to be able to re-open to face-to-face callers soon, that service having been suspended during the pandemic. Volunteers are involved in outreach in schools & communities and supporting listening schemes in two prisons.
The branch is run almost entirely by our 190 volunteers including fundraising, training, marketing, IT, property maintenance, health & safety.
Samaritans Central Charity policies and procedures are followed where applicable.
In 2020 the Branch opened a charity shop, the first in Scotland and already our largest source of income. The shop is managed by a full-time manager, two assistant managers and a team of volunteers.
The objects of Edinburgh Samaritans are:
New trustee roles
The Board is seeking two external trustees who:
In particular we seek:
What being a trustee means for you:
Latest annual report available by email request to: email@example.com
Director Bruce Anderson is happy to have an informal discussion. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please send your CV, a supporting statement and the names and contact details of two referees to email@example.com by 26 November 2022.
Referees will not be contacted unless we intend to invite you for interview.
We aim to arrange interviews for the w/c 5 December 2022.
Appointment of Trustees
The Board of Trustees consists of the Branch Director, who chairs the Board, the Secretary, the Treasurer and up to eight other trustees elected by members of the branch. All trustees, including the Branch Director, Secretary and Treasurer are volunteers.
The elected trustees may co-opt two further Trustees. The Branch Director serves for three years. All other Trustees retire at the AGM but are eligible for re-election if they have not served for six or more consecutive years.
The Branch Leadership Team (BLT), some of whom are trustees, is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Branch and is responsible to the Board although, in practice, BLT Team meetings are often attended by all Trustees.
The Board of Trustees, which is responsible for the overall oversight and management of the charity, is required to meet not less than four times a year but, in recent years, has met six or seven times including meetings with the BLT.