How you can participate

At Samaritans, we’d be nothing without the tireless work and support from the generous people throughout Newcastle & New South Wales.

We appreciate every minute and every cent donated to our cause.

There are many ways to get involved with Samaritans – and we thank you for taking the first step. We have hundreds of volunteer opportunities, work and student placements, events and more!

The more hands, the merrier. Click through our participation opportunities below to find out how you can get involved with Samaritans.

Attend an upcoming event

Samaritans hosts a number of interactive events throughout the year, from markets to fairs and even balls! Plus, don’t forget our wonderful Christmas Lunch and the Christmas Giving Tree -shop for families throughout Newcastle, the Hunter & the Central West and feel the joy that comes with giving.

Come and join in on the fun with Samaritans – find out what we’re doing this year!


Volunteering has a meaningful and positive impact on our community. By donating your time, you’re improving the lives of others while feeling the benefits for yourself, as well!┬áVolunteering is a valuable way to spend your time as it looks great on a resume, allows you to broaden your skills, meet new people, and make a difference in your local community.

At Samaritans, we owe our success to the hundreds of volunteers that help us each year. Learn more about our volunteer programs and opportunities now!

Student Placements

If you’re studying welfare and need to complete a placement as part of your course requirements, Samaritans is the perfect place to learn the ropes. Join one of our teams and learn the importance of welfare workers in Australia, plus what’s involved in the role as a full-time position.

Visit one of our shops

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Samaritans has┬ámultiple op shops in Newcastle selling quality used clothes, shoes, bric-a-brac and household items. Stop into one of our stores to shop vintage clothing and affordable items – op shopping is Newcastle’s new favourite past-time, why not join in the fun and find a unique item? Check out our blog on how to shop like a stylist second-hand and learn the fundamentals of op-shopping!

Want to make a donation? You can also leave your quality used goods at any of our stores during opening hours. Discover a Samaritans shop near you.

Fundraise for Samaritans through My Cause

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Running a marathon? How about celebrating a birthday? Whatever the occasion, Samaritans offers opportunities for online fundraising – so making a difference has never been easier. You can set up a fundraising page with us via My Cause – organise a fun event today and start supporting Samaritans!

Make a donation

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Here at Samaritans, we rely on the generosity of the community to continue our important work for locals in need. Any donation – big or small – can help us to assist those who need it most. Please donate today.

See our supporters

Each year, multiple community-minded businesses throughout Newcastle, the Central Coast, the Hunter Valley and the Central West support Samaritans projects so we can keep doing the good work we do.

Check out our list of supporters and find out who the good samaritans are in your community.

Need some help finding the right opportunity for you? Contact the friendly team at Samaritans!