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Samaritans partners with Westfield Kotara

Samaritans is calling on the Hunter community to support its Winter Appeal by contributing to its Emergency Relief collection of non-perishable goods at Westfield Kotara on July 5 and 6. Click here to download a shopping list of ideas to…

A letter from Natalie

Below is a letter that was written by 17-year-old Natalie. Natalie once faced homelessness. Then the Samaritans supporter community came together and pulled her into safety. Natalie now lives in Samaritans Student Accommodation. Here she receives the safety, care, and…

Celebrating Morriset Grandparents as Parents group

Samaritans Grandparents as Parents (GAPS) seeks to support grandparents who care for their grandchildren when circumstances mean the child is unable to live with their parents. As part of Samaritans GAPS service, there are 11 friendship groups that run weekly…

Support Samaritans through Return & Earn

Samaritans has been included on Reverse Vending Machines at Woolworths BP Thornton and Coles Bonnells Bay. Return & Earn is a NSW Government initiative targeted at tackling litter. In exchange for returning eligible bottles, cans, and cartons, the Reverse Vending…

We Will Rock You: Charity Night

The charity opening night of Metropolitan Player’s production of WE WILL ROCK YOU will be held on Wednesday 22 August at Civic Theatre, Newcastle at 8pm. Prepare to be rocked off your seats with Metropolitan Player’s 2018 production of “We Will Rock You”. We…

Angels Gather Here Film Screening

Samaritans is hosting a free screening of the Angels Gather Here film. Everyone is welcome to attend! When: Friday, June 1 at 12noon (for free BBQ lunch- the screening will begin at 12.30). Where: 199 Broadmeadow Road, Broadmeadow. About the film: ‘Angels…

Bringing hope and safety to local families

At Samaritans we’re working to bring hope and safety to local families. We recently met Jenny*. Jenny, her daughter, and her son Patrick have experienced trauma that many people would find hard to believe. The family fled their home after facing…

Youth Week: Unity through Diversity

Young people celebrating Mardi Gras in Sydney

To celebrate Youth Week 2018, we’re highlighting some reflections from our youth leaders at headspace Maitland. Samaritans coordinates the headspace Maitland centre and we had the privilege to catch up with three Youth Reference Group members who were supported to…

What Is An Occupational Therapist? | Blog | Samaritans

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What is an occupational therapist? Occupational therapists work with people of all ages, from babies and children to adults with injuries, dementia, and developmental delays. These qualified therapists support the development of the fundamental skills required to complete daily activities…

Local students find their Drumbeat

Samaritans DRUMBEAT program has proven to be a hit in local schools on the Central Coast, with children from Budgewoi Public School completing the program with a final performance this Thursday. DRUMBEAT promotes social understanding and connection through a team…

Charity Night: We Will Rock You

The charity opening night of Metropolitan Player’s production of WE WILL ROCK YOU will be held on Wednesday 22 August at Civic Theatre, Newcastle at 8pm. Following the success of Metropolitan Player’s 40th anniversary production of “Les Miserables” in 2017,…

3 Ways To Celebrate Diversity For Harmony Day 2018

Australia is one of the most culturally diverse countries on the planet. In 2016, the Australian Bureau of Statistics found 43% of Australians were born overseas, or were second-generation Australians. England and New Zealand were the next most common nationalities…

What do speech pathologists do?

Speech pathologists help diagnose and treat a range of communication disorders. Their expertise includes assisting people who have difficulties with speaking, listening, understanding language, reading, writing, using voice, social skills, stuttering, and even swallowing. Speech pathologists can also help diagnose…

Samaritans hosts Family Finding leader

Samaritans are this week hosting world-leader of the Family Finding model, Kevin Campbell, to upskill local agencies and practitioners in methods and strategies to locate and engage relatives of children who are living in foster care. Campbell will visit from…

Strategic Plan 2018-2020

Samaritans has an agency-wide three-year Strategic Plan. Read the Strategic Plan 2018-2020 The plan addresses five pillars of strategic intent that guide our objectives and initiatives: Enabling a good life with people we support Inspiring our people to achieve their…