Listening for Life

A history of Oxford Samaritans

Founded in 1963, Oxford Samaritans first started receiving calls in what is now the library of Lincoln College. Over the last sixty years, upwards of 2,000 volunteers have answered millions of phone calls, listened to daytime visitors, and responded to thousands of texts and e-mails. This is their story.

Written by a volunteer, and filled with the recollections of many others – past and present – Listening for Life paints a fascinating picture of how MacDonald Ramm established Oxford’s branch and how it now works as part of a national charity providing a vital 24/7 listening service to anyone who is in despair or distress.