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Helping communities impacted by the bushfire crisis

Across the country, Australians have been impacted by devastating fire conditions over the past month. Samaritans has directly seen the affect on communities through our support in disaster recovery efforts on the Mid North Coast and Central Coast areas. Samaritans…

Locals celebrate Christmas with a smile

On Christmas Day almost 2000 people attended Samaritans lunches in Wyong, Singleton and Newcastle. The day was full of joy and magic as locals came together to enjoy a meal as one big family. In Newcastle more than 1200 people…

Samaritans celebrates 35 years: For all people

In 2019, Samaritans celebrates 35 years of service to the local community. Across the year, we asked staff, volunteers, people we support and other supporters to come together to share Samaritans story. As the year comes to a close we wanted…

Christmas hours at Samaritans

Samaritans Central Office at Wararbook will close for Christmas from 3pm on 24 December through til 8:30am on 2 January. Some services will continue with reduced staff through the holiday period, however if you are in need of urgent assistance…

Samaritans Christmas Assistance Centre

Christmas can be a tough time of year. If you need assistance this festive season, Samaritans Christmas Assistance Centre is now open.  Families can visit our Christmas Assistance Centre to select Christmas presents for their children. All you need to…

NSW Fire Emergency

Over the weekend, you have no doubt seen and perhaps sadly experienced the terrifying scenes of bushfires across the eastern coast of New South Wales. Our thoughts are with those people and families within our community who have already experienced…

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…

Spiritual Care Week: meet our local Chaplains

October 21-26 marks Spiritual Care Week– a week that provides an opportunity for chaplains and pastoral care counsellors to share their story and to recognise the importance of spiritual care. This year’s theme for Spiritual Care Week is ‘Hospitality: Cultivating Space’.…

Newcastle locals walk for wellness

A big thank you to all those who attended our Mental Health Wellness Walk last Saturday. The day was filled with joy and friendship as locals came together to show their support to those living with mental illness and their family, friends…

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…

#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…

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.…