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Child Protection Week: 3 Benefits Of Fostering A Child

Young child holds hands with two adults

In September, Samaritans recognises Child Protection Week, an initiative which encourages the community to think about how we can work together to keep children safe from child abuse and neglect, while rebuilding relationships between children and their birth families. There…

Bean Counters Roll Up for a Good Cause

Local accountants from around the region are again collaborating to raise much needed funds to support youth and education in the Hunter Region. Half of the funds raised at the annual Bean Counters Ball support Samaritans Student Accommodation in Newcastle…

Community partners gather to end homelessness

On any given night in Australia, one in every 200 people are experiencing homelessness and the Manning, Great Lakes  and Gloucester community are banding together this week to show their support to end homelessness. Service providers in the region have…

Bring Your Bills Day: Cessnock

Samaritans will partner with the Energy and Water Ombudsman and Hunter Water for a free consultation day to help people to resolve outstanding financial issues on Thursday 30th August. Bring Your Bills Day will be held in Cessnock following successful…

Samaritans Announces New CEO

Samaritans Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Brad Webb as Samaritans CEO. Brad has been Samaritans Deputy CEO – Strategy and Innovation since 2017 and has recently been in the role of Acting CEO. He has led…

A New Start

In an unhealthy relationship for many years, Natasha describes her marriage as a place filled with darkness. “As a religious person, I took my marriage seriously. And leaving it was hard.” “His drinking and behaviour kept getting worse. One night…

News from Samaritans Information Neighbourhood Centre

Samaritans Information Neighbourhood Centre is a vital community centre offering information, support, emergency assistance and centre-based activities, with 15 visiting services using the centre on a regular basis. Recently SINC staff members attended a NAIDOC Family Fun Day in Cessnock.…

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…

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…

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…