Do you want to volunteer with an organisation that seeks to provide unconditional support to people in need and care for vulnerable people in the community?

If you are passionate about making a difference in your local community and helping Samaritans achieve its mission – we want to hear from you!

Explore our current volunteer vacancies or complete the expression of interest form below so we can help find the right opportunity for you.

CHRISTMAS LUNCHES: Due to current COVID-19 restrictions that Samaritans has in place, we are continuing to plan and review how we will deliver Samaritans Christmas lunches this year. That means there are no Christmas volunteering roles at this time. We will email all previous volunteers and update this page when volunteering opportunities for Christmas are available. 

Check out our current vacancies


Express your interest here

Who are we?

  • Samaritans is one of Australia’s largest regional welfare organisations, providing a wide range of services for children, youth, families and those with a disability.
  • Our vision is to build communities where there is care for the vulnerable and where each individual has the opportunity to contribute and participate fully in community life.
  • Behind this vision is a united team made up of over 800 staff members and 400 volunteers who work together throughout Newcastle, Hunter, Central Coast, Mid-Western and the Mid-North Coast regions of NSW.

How can you make a difference?

Emergency Relief Team Member

Assisting people in financial crisis to deal with their immediate situation in a way that maintains dignity and encourages self-reliance by providing short-term emergency, financial or material assistance. Where possible to prevent ongoing hardship, linking people to other appropriate services and support.

Friendship House Team Member

Supporting men exiting prison and assisting them to meet their goals and re-enter into community life.

Samaritans Shops Team Member

Assisting with the day-to-day running of the retail stores, facilitating all retail activities, including customer service, sorting items and stocking shelves.

Disaster Recovery Team Member

Delivering practical care and assistance to individuals and communities affected by major emergencies, whilst training to heighten the understanding of emergency management and disaster recovery.

Kinship Care Group Facilitator

Facilitating peer support groups for kinship and relative carers, which aim to provide a welcoming space for sharing information and supporting one another.

Click here to read about Leonie’s experience as a Kinship Care Volunteer Facilitator.

Our Volunteers

Gabi, Retail Store Volunteer

“Samaritans volunteers and staff have always been so supportive and have provided a great environment to work in. The confidence instilled in me during my time at the retail stores encouraged me to put myself forward for new challenges”

Pat, Emergency Relief Volunteer

“I’ve always found it important to give back to the community where I live. It’s my community and if I can do something to make it better and help people to live a better life, I will. And we never know when we’re going to be in a situation where we might need help too”

Get involved

If you are interested in volunteering with us, we would like to hear from you! Please check out our current vacancies or complete the expression of interest form.

P: 02 4960 7100

E: volunteers@samaritans.org.au