In 1984, the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle established the Samaritans Foundation as its social services arm, to provide benevolent relief to those suffering poverty or distress (such as sickness, disability, destitution, suffering, misfortune or helplessness). The values of the Samaritans are anchored in the Christian faith and embody the message of the Good Samaritan, which is to love your neighbour as yourself.
The worldwide Anglican Communion is underpinned by the Five Marks of Mission. The ethos, or spirit, of Samaritans is expressed in two of the Marks of Mission:
- To respond to human need by loving service; and
- To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation.
Samaritans great strength comes from its workforce: people with compassion and professional care, who draw upon their diverse backgrounds and life experiences. Bringing with them a range of faith and spiritual backgrounds, people at Samaritans are unified by the ethos expressed in these two Marks of Mission.
Samaritans exists to reach out and walk beside those in need – whether that be for the poor, the hungry, the homeless, the vulnerable, the incarcerated, and people living with disability. Like the Good Samaritan, every day our people respond in love to those in need rather than turning away, leaving it for someone else to do, or claiming they are too busy.
At Samaritans we aim to make a positive difference in people’s lives, and to join with them in nurturing their resilience, strength, and skills. To do this we welcome the support of all staff, volunteers and partners who are committed to serving others in a way consistent with Samaritans values of compassion, integrity and justice.