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Taking a Step Towards Heart Health

In celebration of Heart Week, a Heart Foundation initiative, Coalfields Healthy Heartbeat has arranged a free community walking event to be held on Sunday, April 29 at Chinaman’s Hollow and Peace Park, Weston. Caitlin Bialek from Samaritans Coalfields Healthy Heartbeat…

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…

New look for the New Year at Taree Refuge

Samaritans Taree Women and Children’s Refuge will this week host a morning tea to thank generous community partners for their contributions and efforts in giving the Refuge a fresh look for the new year. “The local community have always provided…

Samaritans helps Hunter Hoarders

This February, Samaritans will launch a 14-week program to help people of the Hunter to combat the clutter. Since 2013, hoarding has been formally recognised as a medical disorder which has sometimes disastrous impacts on the hoarders emotional, social and…

Old is the “new”, new!

Samaritans Retail Coordinator, Pauline Sellers has been working at Samaritans Shops for eight years and in that time she has seen a significant shift in the purpose and perception of op-shops. She explains that while the shops were once primarily…

Share the Dignity

As part of the It’s in the Bag campaign supported by Share the Dignity and Wings and Strings, Samaritans recently hosted an afternoon tea at the Hamilton South NSW Housing estate. The campaign sees people in the community fill handbags with…

Family Finding Boot Camp

Tickets are now on sale for the Family Finding Boot Camp “It takes a village” 5-8 March 2018 Costs: $520pp + GST Where: NEX, Wests Newcastle TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE: </di Family Finding Family Finding is a practice developed by…

Christmas Success at Samaritans

Samaritans Christmas Day Lunches, hosted in Wyong and Newcastle were a great success!  It provided an opportunity for those in the community who may be alone on Christmas or have no means to celebrate, to enjoy a free lunch, entertainment and…