Oxford Nightline opened its doors in February 1972, when founded by a second year undergraduate at St. Anne’s College. Since then, we have been open to students from Oxford University and Oxford Brookes, every night, 8pm to 8am, from 0th to 9th week, three terms a year, totalling over 125000 hours of availability. We have been able to continue providing confidential listening and support, including through the COVID pandemic, due to the efforts and contributions of generations of volunteers.
In 2022 we celebrated our 50th anniversary, and everyone who has helped us grow our service, with a series of talks from mental health professions, culminating in a day-long conference with a keynote address from Paul Farmer, the CEO of Mind, a reminiscent panel discussion with former volunteers looking at how Oxford Nightline has changed over the past five decades and a range of other talks centered around mental health and Oxford Nightline’s legacy.
We are extremely grateful to everyone who has contributed to the functioning of Oxford Nightline over the past half-century. If you have any ideas on how we can continue to evolve and support students through the next 50 years, please contact the coordinators at [email protected].