Charity & social welfare
Varah, Edward Chad (4 of 6) National Life Stories: Pioneers in Charity and Social Welfare
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Varah, Edward Chad (1911-2007) (speaker, male)
Dillon, Niamh (speaker, female)
Part 4: Founding the Samaritans - the problem of suicide - wanting to identify people at risk. Story about offering the telephone number - Mansion House 9000 - to those who were despairing. Positive response from the press. Promotion of a listening therapy - the need for the suicidal to have someone's undivided attention. Explains importance of being non-judgemental and not giving advice. How people approached the Samaritans. The role of the Samaritans. CV's parish in the City having no parishioners. Talks about his church, St. Stephen's Walbrook. Length of time as Rector there. Sung Eucharist every Thursday. Attitude of the Church of England towards the Samaritans - CV's determined character. Role of the City of London churches. Explains legal position towards attempted suicide in the early 1950s. Lack of provision for the suicidal prior to the Samaritans. Establishing music at St.Stephen's Walbrook. Describes the congregation. Talks about the first Samaritans. The spread of the Samaritans nationally and internationally. An important aspect of Samaritans was that it was not religious. Parable of the good Samaritan. Qualities looked for in a Samaritan: humility being most important.
Life story interview with Chad Varah (1911-2007), clergyman and founder of Samaritans.