Wheelchair users and those with disabilities can apply to become South Devon Samaritan volunteers following a building refurbishment.
The 150-year-old Samaritans building in Torquay has undergone a £50,000 refurbishment.
As part of the improvements a lift has been installed enabling wheelchair-using volunteers to be recruited for the first time.
The Warren Road service offers 24-hour support.
Branch director Carol Crawshaw said: "I am delighted that we are now in a position to welcome applications from potential volunteers who are physically disabled."
The project was paid for with a grant from the Big Lottery Fund as well as fund-raising events.
- 1 September 2005