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Samaritans Christmas Appeal

The annual Samaritans Christmas Appeal has officially launched and Samaritans staff are making preparations for our busiest time of year. Christmas at Samaritans is wonderful, but it’s also challenging. We see more than four times the number of of people…

Grandparents Picnic

Samaritans Grandparents as Parents (GAPS) service partnered with a range of organisations to host a picnic to celebrate and recognise grandparents who are raising their grandchildren and carers. ​The picnic was held at Lambton Park on Sunday 29 October and saw…

Drumming up success

Samaritans DRUMBEAT program has proven to be a hit! The program, which promotes social and emotional learning through rhythm, has just begun its second two year contract with the Communities for Children with SMITH Family Funding in the Port Stephens…

headspace Maitland’s new therapy pup

headspace Maitland has greeted a new member to the team – a therapy pup named Melash who is attracting a lot of attention from the organisation’s young clientele. “Every year, a quarter of all young people across Australia will experience…

Tabatha draws for a Cause

Tabatha Tyne is a young local artist who is keen to make a difference. Tabatha set about to complete a ‘Youth Communication Card’ project to help support young people who are struggling to express their feelings and ideas. “I have…

I care because…

To mark Foster Care Week, we are sharing the stories of some of Samaritans amazing foster carers. Chenoa and her husband first became foster carers when two girls in her prep class were in need of care.  Since then she…

Sean's journey from Friendship House

Sean is a 31 year old who first came into contact with Samaritans when he was leaving prison and needing somewhere to live- Sean found a home and a family at Friendship House. “I was leaving gaol after 11 months…

Welfare changes will hurt the Hunter region

Samaritans is calling on the Senate to reject the Government’s proposed welfare changes, likely to result in increased inequality and disadvantage in Australia, and in turn create further poverty. “Measures like the new demerit point system, random drug testing and…

Boolaroo Shop Officially Opens!

Samaritans celebrated National Op Shop Week with the opening of new shop in Boolaroo on Friday 1st September. Samaritans has three existing locations in Hamilton, Mayfield, Wallsend and is excited to welcome our fourth store in Boolaroo, located at 1/15 Main…

Bring Your Bills Day

Samaritans is hosting a free community expo to help consumers with their energy and water bills. ​Where: Samaritans, CPAC Program room: 198 Vincent st, Cessnock. When: Thursday 14 September, 9am – 3pm. There will be a range of organisations in…