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Federal Budget has missed the mark

Samaritans has expressed disappointment following last night’s Federal Budget. “We have looked beyond the budget numbers to the underlying policy indicators from the Morrison Government, and it’s a disappointing result,” Samaritans CEO, Brad Webb, said. “Last night we saw no…

Harmony Day 2019

20 years of Harmony celebrations were honoured with events all week to celebrate Harmony Day. This week, our teams celebrated by sharing food and activities. At Samaritans we value community participation, inclusiveness, celebrating diversity, respect and belonging- everyone belongs! Check…

Aiden’s story

Aiden is a youth worker, dedicating his life to supporting young people who have experienced homelessness to find pathways toward safe and stable accommodation. He currently works between Samaritans Youth Accommodations in Newcastle and Maitland. In his second year of…

International Women’s Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day this week, Samaritans staff and people we support have shared photographs of themselves in the #BalanceforBetter pose. This year’s theme, Balance for Better, is encouraging all of us to build a gender-balanced world. Take a…

Vote of confidence for local teens

headspace Maitland will next week host a free one-hour workshop in partnership with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) to assist young people in learning about elections and the voting process. headspace Maitland Centre Manager, Felicity Scott, said the centre has…

How will you celebrate International Women’s Day 2019?

With International Women’s Day fast approaching, we’ve put together a list of exciting events that might interest you. From live music to art exhibitions, International Women’s Day on Friday March 8 will be celebrated worldwide with events to help forge…

Free workshop for mental health carers

Free your mind and join Amanda Heidke for a free Tai Chi work shop! Amanda is the owner of the Tai Chi Centre in Newcastle, and is one of Australia’s leading certified instructors in Tai Chi. Learn how you can…

Staff Spotlight: Dionne (Dee) Caruana

Last week we sat down with Dee to learn more about her career with Samaritans. Tell us a bit about your career at Samaritans and the different roles you have had? I have been working with Samaritans for almost 11…

Check out this video of our latest event

On Christmas Day more than 1500 people attended Samaritans lunches in Wyong, Singleton and Newcastle. A special thank you to Beautiful Motion Pictures for capturing our Christmas lunch in Newcastle. Click here to find out more about Samaritans Christmas lunches.

Rural Young Minds launched

Samaritans is pleased to announce the commencement of the Rural Young Minds Program, a youth complex mental health service commissioned by The Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network. The new service is coordinated by the experienced management of…

Christmas Lunches bring joy to hundreds

On Christmas Day more than 1500 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 1000…

Samaritans launches new Reconciliation Action Plan

Samaritans services operate on the lands of the Awabakal, Biripi, Darkinjung, Dunghutti , Gumbaynggir, Kamilaroi, Wanaruah, Worimi, and Wiradjuri nations. Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land. This week Samaritans launched our Samaritans RAP 2018. What follows is an excerpt…

Christmas Hours at Samaritans

Samaritans offices will close for Christmas from 5pm on Monday 24th December through til 8:30am on Tuesday 2nd January. Some services will continue with reduced staff through the holiday period, however if you are in need of urgent assistance during…

4 Welcoming Places You Can Get Help This Christmas

Nativity scene ornaments with fairy lights in background

For most, Christmas is a fun and festive occasion. However, according to the 2016 Poverty in Australia report from the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), there are more than 3 million people living below the poverty line including 739,000…