Charity of the Year 2017-18

Helping Samaritans to be there when it matters

We are delighted to announce that our charity partner for 2017/2018 is Samaritans. 


Every six seconds, someone contacts Samaritans. Whoever they are and whatever has happened, you can call Samaritans for free in confidence from any phone – the number won’t even show up on your phone bill. You can also email, text or talk face to face. The trained volunteer who responds will listen, give you time and show that they care.

Life can be tough and anyone can feel overwhelmed. Which is why you’ll find Samaritans out and about in our communities too – in workplaces, hospitals, schools, prisons and with emergency services and the rail industry – offering training and emotional support whenever and wherever it is needed most.

From Orkney across to Belfast and sown to Cumbria, Scotmid Co-operative are partnering with Samaritans to ensure they they can be there when it matters.

In this section you can find out about our partnership and how you can get involved as one of our customers or members.

About Samaritans

Samaritans was created in 1953 and has been helping people with nowhere else to turn ever since. 20,000 extraordinary volunteers provide our unique listening service every minute of every day. They all share a determination to support anyone who may be struggling to cope, and can help stop the feelings of isolation that can lead to suicide. Suicide is the single biggest killer of men under the age of 50, and of young people between 20 and 34.

How you can help?

We are very excited about our new charity partnership with Samaritans.

The partnership aims to raise £300,000 to help support the  valuable service and ensure Samaritans to be there when it matters.