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Samaritans Response to COVID-19

We want the community to be aware – Samaritans is still here for you. Our services have had to adapt and some of our buildings have had to close but our teams are still working hard to support people. You can still contact our…

Lower Hunter Community Connect Day

Connecting the community to services Community services agencies from the Lower Hunter have partnered to deliver the region’s first Lower Hunter Community Connect Day to be held on Thursday 14th May. The event is an initiative of the region’s youth…

Samaritans signs National Communications Charter

Samaritans is now a signatory of the Life in Mind National Communications Charter (The Charter). The Charter is a resource and uniting document for people in the mental health and suicide prevention sectors, government, organisations and community groups. Samaritans agrees…

Samaritans 2018-2019 Annual Report

Samaritans 2018-2019 Annual Report is now available. Read about Samaritans achievements, year in review, services and financials in the link below. This year’s annual report celebrates belonging. In these pages you will hear stories from Sally, Kristy, Alex, Dorothy, Christine…

Helping communities impacted by the bushfire crisis

Across the country, Australians have been impacted by devastating fire conditions over the past month. Samaritans has directly seen the affect on communities through our support in disaster recovery efforts on the Mid North Coast and Central Coast areas. Samaritans…

Locals celebrate Christmas with a smile

On Christmas Day almost 2000 people attended Samaritans lunches in Wyong, Singleton and Newcastle. The day was full of joy and magic as locals came together to enjoy a meal as one big family. In Newcastle more than 1200 people…

Samaritans celebrates 35 years: For all people

In 2019, Samaritans celebrates 35 years of service to the local community. Across the year, we asked staff, volunteers, people we support and other supporters to come together to share Samaritans story. As the year comes to a close we wanted…

Christmas hours at Samaritans

Samaritans Central Office at Wararbook will close for Christmas from 3pm on 24 December through til 8:30am on 2 January. Some services will continue with reduced staff through the holiday period, however if you are in need of urgent assistance…

Samaritans Christmas Assistance Centre

Christmas can be a tough time of year. If you need assistance this festive season, Samaritans Christmas Assistance Centre is now open.  Families can visit our Christmas Assistance Centre to select Christmas presents for their children. All you need to…

NSW Fire Emergency

Over the weekend, you have no doubt seen and perhaps sadly experienced the terrifying scenes of bushfires across the eastern coast of New South Wales. Our thoughts are with those people and families within our community who have already experienced…

Volunteer at our Christmas Lunches!

Christmas is a wonderfully busy time at Samaritans! Our Christmas events simply cannot happen without the generous support from the community. Samaritans is looking for volunteers to help out at our 2019 Christmas Lunches. Click here to volunteer! Initially a…

Spiritual Care Week: meet our local Chaplains

October 21-26 marks Spiritual Care Week– a week that provides an opportunity for chaplains and pastoral care counsellors to share their story and to recognise the importance of spiritual care. This year’s theme for Spiritual Care Week is ‘Hospitality: Cultivating Space’.…

Newcastle locals walk for wellness

A big thank you to all those who attended our Mental Health Wellness Walk last Saturday. The day was filled with joy and friendship as locals came together to show their support to those living with mental illness and their family, friends…

Wellness Walk 2019

The Samaritans ARAFMI Wellness Walk will return to the Newcastle CBD on Saturday 19th October. The first annual Wellness Walk was hosted in 2005 and continues to grow in popularity, with an estimated 800 attendees expected in 2019. We are currently welcoming…

#CheckIn this Responsible Gambling Awareness Week

Residents of the Hunter are being encouraged to think about their gambling choices and Check In with others this Responsible Gambling Awareness Week. Responsible Gambling Awareness Week will run in NSW from 16-22 September and people are being asked to…

Christine opens her heart and home

For 10 years, Christine has been making a difference in the lives of children and young people through her role as a foster carer for Samaritans Permanency Support Program. During her time as a foster carer, Christine has cared for…