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Anti-Poverty Week - What's On?

Anti-Poverty Week: A chance to act and speak out about poverty and its impacts on your community. The word “poverty” can conjure up different images for different people, but Samaritans sees the impact of poverty in regional communities every day.…

Wellness Walk 2019

The Samaritans ARAFMI Wellness Walk will return to the Newcastle CBD on Saturday 19th October. The first annual Wellness Walk was hosted in 2005 and continues to grow in popularity, with an estimated 800 attendees expected in 2019. We are currently welcoming…

Volunteer at our Christmas Lunches!

Christmas is a wonderfully busy time at Samaritans! Our Christmas events simply cannot happen without the generous support from the community. Samaritans is looking for volunteers to help out at our 2019 Christmas Lunches. Click here to volunteer! Initially a…

#CheckIn this Responsible Gambling Awareness Week

Residents of the Hunter are being encouraged to think about their gambling choices and Check In with others this Responsible Gambling Awareness Week. Responsible Gambling Awareness Week will run in NSW from 16-22 September and people are being asked to…

Christine opens her heart and home

For 10 years, Christine has been making a difference in the lives of children and young people through her role as a foster carer for Samaritans Permanency Support Program. During her time as a foster carer, Christine has cared for…

Samaritans receives Highly Commended Award in Partnership

On Monday, Samaritans was awarded a Highly Commended Award in Partnership at the Anglicare Australia Conference held in Perth, for our collaboration with the Bean Counters Ball (BCB). The Anglicare Australia National Awards recognizes the work of those who produce outstanding services, projects and programs…

New campaign: “Caught in the Debt Trap”

A new petition has launched overnight calling for stronger protections for people who use payday loans. The petition is a reminder to the Federal Government that it’s been 1,000 days since they committed to strengthening protections for people who use…

Heidi’s Story

Heidi* never imagined she would spend her 40s selling her belongings in order to afford necessities like food. But that’s precisely what she was doing before she visited Samaritans. Heidi is a single mother who has worked her entire life.…

Playspace at Saint Luke’s Anglican Church

Did you know you can help decide which projects in your area get funding? Voting is open now for My Community Project. Samaritans and Saint Luke’s Anglican Church, Wallsend, have been shortlisted to build a new playspace for children experiencing challenging…

Waves of Wellness for Premier’s Youth Initiative

Over the last eight weeks, participants from our Premier’s Youth Initiative (PYI) program engaged in the Wave Of Wellness (WOW) Surfing Experience. WOW is an eight-week evidence based learn-to-surf program for people experiencing mental health issues. The primary focus of…

Kinship Carer Support Group

Profile – Leonie Lund Leonie has been a volunteer facilitator with the Nelson Bay Kinship Care Support Group for the past 10 years. She became a grandparent carer to her two grandsons when they were just 2 and 10 years…

How will you celebrate NAIDOC week 2019?

Samaritans would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work and pay our respects to the Elders past, present and future for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and hopes of Aboriginal Australia.…

Wellness Walk 2019

The Samaritans ARAFMI Wellness Walk will return to the Newcastle CBD on Saturday 19th October. The first annual Wellness Walk was hosted in 2005 and continues to grow in popularity, with an estimated 800 attendees expected in 2019. With one…

Beauty and the Beast: charity night

Metropolitan Players is supporting Samaritans this year with a charity opening night of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on Wednesday 14 August at Civic Theatre, Newcastle at 7:30pm. Beauty and the Beast tells the story of a cold-blooded prince who has been magically transformed into an…

5 truths from survivors of domestic violence

Woman with fair skin stands in dark looking away from camera

May is recognised as Domestic Violence Prevention Month – a community-based initiative which aims to raise awareness of the social and personal impacts of domestic and family violence, plus highlight the support services available in the community. Domestic Violence Prevention…