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Celebrating Foster & Kinship Care Week 2020

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To all foster carers and kinship carers – thank you. This week we celebrate and acknowledge the work of foster carers and kinship carers who dedicate their time to enriching the lives of young people. Have you ever thought about short-term foster…

Samaritans features in Telstra campaign

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Samaritans staff have adapted extremely well to the technological change and growth we’ve had in recent months, which has improved the ways we can collaborate as well as the ways we support our communities. These changes have been supported by Telstra and…

New Youth Mental Health Service Planned for Kempsey

Young people are set to benefit from a new youth mental health service, headspace Kempsey, which is expected to open in late 2020. Regional welfare agency Samaritans has been awarded a contract to establish a headspace centre for people aged…

Samaritans shops are now open

Samaritans Shops have been temporarily closed to ensure the safety of our community but, as things change, we have decided to begin reopening our stores with extra safety and cleaning measures in place to protect our volunteers and customers. Wallsend…

Living through the Pandemic

Through the eyes of a Specialist Homelessness Services support worker COVID-19 has made for some tough adjustments for young people supported by Samaritans Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS). Members of the SHS team, Clare, Emma and Max, reflected on some of…

headspace to launch new satellite service in Cessnock

headspace Maitland is set to launch a new satellite service in the Cessnock area in June, an exciting partnership project coordinated by Samaritans and the Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC PHN). The new satellite service will…

Crisis Winter Appeal

People in our local community are currently facing unprecedented challenges because of COVID-19. As most Australians isolate within their own homes, our frontline staff are still here providing support to those who need it. Right now we are providing: Emergency…

Samaritans Response to COVID-19

As government restrictions ease and the community adapts, Samaritans is also adapting our service delivery. You can still contact our services via phone, in some services we are organising video appointments, organising for supplies to be picked up safely and…

Robert, Ricky and Julie settle into their new home

Last week Robert, Ricky and Julie said goodbye to their old home in Morisset and moved to the Central Coast. Samaritans Senior Support Worker, Kelly, said that all three residents were exhausted, but extremely happy after their big move. “Julie was…

We’re looking for Volunteers to help in a disaster

Samaritans supports the state Disaster Recovery efforts when we are impacted in our region. Following the recent disasters around the state we are looking for new volunteers to be on standby should we need to activate our teams again. Samaritans…

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…