Our History

On October 14, 1984, the Newcastle Anglican Board of Social Work was redefined as the Samaritans Foundation (or “Samaritans”) to “assist in the expansion of the social and community service work within the Diocese”.

Samaritans work began as a few key services including emergency relief, a family centre and op shops.

Original Samaritans Shop

As an organisation we grew significantly since the early 1980s, and now operate over 100 support services throughout the Central Coast, Newcastle, Hunter Valley and Mid-North Coast regions. In 2012 our work spread to Mudgee in the Central Western NSW.  We have provided quality disability support since the launch of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in 2012. In 2015 we expanded to offer personalised disability support in Penrith and the Blue Mountains regions.

Throughout these regions we offer support to a number of those in need including young people and families, those with disability or mental health challenges and the wider community.

Samaritans has over 700 staff and more than 450 volunteers across the regions in which we work.