Your time is one of the greatest gifts you can give. If you are passionate about making a difference in your local community, consider becoming a volunteer with Samaritans.
Samaritans volunteers are crucial team members within Samaritans services. As a volunteer you will join our volunteer community of more than 400 people who support various programs and activities throughout Newcastle, Hunter, Central Coast, Mid-Western and the Mid-North Coast regions of NSW.
“Being at home I was more isolated, but I’ve made friends here. It’s worked out really well for me, and I think a lot of us are the same. All the customers are so nice. They tell you a lot of the stuff going on in their life or their family, sometimes they’ve got no one to share it with. It’s good to hear their stories and what they’ve been doing. We all make the time to stop and have a chat.”
What programs can I volunteer with?
Emergency Relief Team Member. Assisting people in financial crisis to deal with their immediate situation in a way that maintains dignity by providing short-term emergency, financial or material assistance. Where possible to prevent ongoing hardship, you can link people to other appropriate services and support.
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.
Youth Mentor. The mentor program complements Samaritans Student Accommodation. The mentor program aims to build positive relationships between mentors and young people and motivate the young people to achieve their educational and vocational goals.
What skills do I need?
- Empathy and compassion
- Motivation to help others
- The ability to listen without judgement