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Celebrating Seniors Week

Samaritans celebrated Seniors Week with a community event held at Hamilton South Community Centre. The event, which attracted over 50 local community guests, celebrated healthy living and ageing with live entertainment, activities and a free barbeque. Guests also enjoyed bingo, a…

What is Harmony Day?

Celebrating Harmony Day

What is Harmony Day? Harmony day is on the 21st March in Australia.  We celebrate Harmony Day to promote diversity and acceptance of other cultures.  The idea ‘Everyone Belongs’ is the very essence of Harmony Day.  But it’s not just…

Collectors Care Art Exhibition

Samaritans will open its annual Collectors Care Art Exhibition in Newcastle on Wednesday 5th April, hoping the collection of more than 80 works from various artists will draw in local art lovers and raise much needed funds for the charity.…

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is coming up on March 8! The theme for this year is #BeBoldForChange – calling on all individuals to help forge a better working world that is more gender inclusive.  There are a number of ways you…

Samaritans helps transform Hamilton South

Samaritans has been working with the community and artist Shane Kennedy to add a splash of colour to the Hamilton South neighbourhood.  Following a successful pilot initiative of re-designing and painting a few letter boxes, Samaritans pushed for a grant funding…

Passing it on

One of the wonderful mother supported through our Brighter Futures program has decided to ‘pay it forward’ by collecting second hand school bags to donate to those in need. As a mother of five, Nicole knows how hard it can…

5 ways to invigorate your soul in 2017

New year, new you! Or so the saying goes. Are you looking for ways to grow yourself in 2017? Look no further; here are 5 ways to start a great year for you… Show gratitude It only takes 10 minutes watching…

Are you interested in being a youth mentor?

Samaritans is currently seeking volunteer mentors for Samaritans Student Accommodation Mentor Program. This program is designed specifically to provide the opportunity for each resident at Samaritans Student Accommodation in Wickham to build a relationship with a like-minded mentor who will…

Emergency Relief Centre holiday opening times

Samaritans Emergency Relief Centres will re-open on the following dates in 2017 and resume normal operating hours: Broadmeadow – Monday 9 January Cessnock – Monday 9 January Gorokan – Monday 16 January Toronto – Monday 16 January Rutherford – Tuesday…

New beginnings for local artist

Patrick Van Deale, a local Newcastle artist who is supported by Samaritans post-release services recently hosted an art exhibition. Patrick realised his passion for art whilst in prison and since being released he has attended Art School at Hunter TAFE. …

Offering Individual Support

Samaritans is proud to offer disability support that is flexible and inclusive of individual needs.  This couldn’t be truer for sisters Lucy and Holly, who have enjoyed Host Family Care with Shirley every weekend for the last 17 years. Holly…

Samaritans Charity Christmas Cards

This Christmas you can treat your loved ones to a beautiful Christmas card without the guilty expense.  Why not make a real difference to locals in need and purchase Samaritans Charity Christmas Cards. Each year Samaritans sells Charity Christmas cards with…

Teralba Emergency Relief 25th Anniversary

Samaritans celebrated 25 years of service at Teralba Emergency Relief Centre, supporting locals in need to pay their bills and feed their families. To commemorate the 25th Anniversary Samaritans hosted a lunch on Friday 11 November at the Teralba Emergency Relief…

What is Responsible Gambling?

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Up to 500,000 Australians are at risk of engaging, or actively engaging, in problem gambling. The actions of one problem gambler negatively impacts the lives of between five and 10 others. This means there are up to five million Australians…

8 facts you may not know about Mental Health

To embrace the theme of Learn & Grow for Mental Health Month, we’ve put together 8 facts about Mental Health that you may not know: Nearly half (45%) of the Australian population will experience a mental illness/disorder at some stage in…