After a quarter of a century Halifax Samaritans will move to new and improved premises.
Halifax and Calderdale Samaritans will cease to operate from the existing site at Hopwood Lane and as of February 10 the charity will move to Harrison Road, Halifax.
Samaritans is a round the clock charity open to anyone in need or struggling to cope.
A generous legacy left to the branch from the late local businessman Harry Hamer has enabled the charity to relocate. A grant from Community Foundation for Calderdale, exhibitions and auctions also generated funds.
Director of Halifax Samaritans Brenda heyhoe said: “We are really pleased with our new and improved premises. We hope it will offer a very warm welcome to visitors and volunteers. Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard on the relocation, ensuring the branch was completed in time for the opening.”
A new site was considered necessary to accommodate the increasing number of callers and visitors.
When the Samaritans opened in 1962 they received 122 calls to the help line in its first eight months. In 2013, the branch answered over 26,000 calls, received 8,000 texts and emails as well as welcoming visitors through their doors.
The branch is open between 10am-10pm, Monday-Thursday, 4-10pm, Friday’s and 10am-4pm at weekends. To speak in confidence call 01422 349349.