Our belief in social justice means we stand up for what is right and are not afraid to amplify the voices of people in our society who go unheard.
Looking for some support? You're in the right place. We provide disability services, disability care, youth, family, mental health and community support in Newcastle and several regions across NSW.
At Samaritans we are here to support people through the tough times and to celebrate the good. We believe in offering help unconditionally and standing up for what is right. If you join us, we can do even more.
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Samaritans is here to support and help people through tough times. We give our help unconditionally with care and respect, empowering individuals to build their resilience and find their place in the community. Our belief in social justice means we stand up for what is right and are not afraid to amplify the voices of people in our society who go unheard.
Your generous donation enables us to support disadvantaged children, families and individuals.
We're looking for people who, like us, believe in empowering individuals to build their resilience and find their place in the community.
As a business, your support means that more people in our local communities have an opportunity to thrive.
Your time is one of the greatest gifts you can give. If you are passionate about making a difference in your local community, consider becoming a volunteer with Samaritans.
All people deserve to thrive in their communities. We stand alongside people experiencing hardship to advocate for fairer systems that support all people to live fulfilled lives.
What happens when you are already struggling to make ends meet and a fine arrives? What if it’s a choice to pay the fine or feed your children?
Rental Affordability Snapshot research, released by Samaritans alongside Anglicare Australia, shows us the problem of affordable housing is not going away.
For those who work in mental health sector, there is a frustrating place called the ‘missing middle’. Read an update on our Rural Young Minds program.
Australia is a country of wealth and opportunity; however, this opportunity isn’t available for everyone.
Who really thought that we would experience large-scale shutdown of our society?
The 2020 Jobs Availability Snapshot has shown disadvantaged jobseekers are competing with more people for fewer jobs.
As the social services agency of the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle, we believe in helping people. Unconditionally.
Samaritans greatest strength is our people. We proudly employ more than 800 people across our regional workforce, with an additional 400 volunteers.
At Samaritans we respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Custodians of this land which was colonised without their consent.
We have offices that are convenient to you! Find us in Newcastle, Central Coast, Hunter, Mid-North Coast and Central Western NSW.
Need additional assistance? Check out our extensive collection of helpful resources based in Newcastle & surrounding areas.
All feedback is important to us as it helps us to find solutions, improve our services or recognise good performance. We value your feedback and take your complaint seriously.
Samaritans produces a range of publications that demonstrate the diversity of our work in the community and highlight the need for our services.
If you are experiencing mental ill health we encourage you to reach out for support. The organisations on this page provide free advice and information.
Samaritans can provide statements or interviews on issues related to the social justice sector. We have a range of spokespeople available for comment including staff and the people we support. Contact us to arrange to speak with someone today.
NDIS and disability services that are tailored to suit you. We focus on your individual goals and provide the supports you need to live your best life.
Samaritans operates Supported Independent Living homes throughout Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Hunter, Central Coast and Mid North Coast. Our homes offer people living with a disability a welcoming environment where they can receive the support they need.
Samaritans offers Therapy and Behaviour Support in Newcastle, the Hunter and Central Coast regions. We have a team of Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, and behaviour support specialists ready to work with you.
Our services are varied and provide homelessness assistance to women and children escaping domestic violence, young people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, as well as accommodation for men exiting prison.
Offers help to women, men and children facing homelessness in Taree and surrounding areas.
We provide a range of services to support you, from counselling, accommodation and parenting advice to drugs and alcohol and relationships.
headspace Maitland provides mental health and welbeing support for young people in Maitland and the Hunter.
headspace Cessnock provides mental health and welbeing support for young people in Cessnock and the Hunter.
Samaritans provides mental health wellbeing support to youth in rural areas. Rural Young Minds (RYM) is a program for young people aged 12-25 years that have complex-severe mental health concerns.
You can make a positive difference to a child’s life by providing a safe and nurturing environment for a child or young person, which may assist in a child returning safely to their family..
Supporting families to raise children in safe and loving environments.
An early intervention program that provides support to vulnerable families with children aged 0 to 17. The service is focused on ensuring children can live safely in their homes by helping to address specific problems like domestic and family violence, parental mental health issues and substance misuse.
A community approach to supporting early childhood development and wellbeing from birth to 12 years old in Wyong Local Government Area.
Children and Parenting Support (CAPS) is an early intervention and prevention program that builds families/ carers capacity to ensure relationships with their children, and their children’s well-being, is improved.
Our wide range of community services are designed to meet the unique needs of our local communities. Our goal is to offer our help to those who need it and support them to continue being active members in their community.
This program helps the Cessnock community lead a healthier lifestyle through healthy eating, physical activity and smoking cessation programs.
Our Disaster Recovery volunteers help people when major emergencies occur. This could be bushfires, floods, storms and other disasters.
Our Emergency Relief centres help people address their immediate basic needs in times of financial crisis. We may be able to help by providing food vouchers and food parcels, utility vouchers (electricity and gas), Telstra vouchers, chemist assistance as well as clothing and financial options support.
Samaritans offers a range of therapy and behaviour support services.
Receive support with communication, eating, drinking and more. Samaritans speech pathology services can be provided in one of our centres or within your own home.
Receive support to address challenges and enhance functional independence with daily living activities. Our Occupational Therapists are experts in assessing an individuals mobility and sensory needs.
Receive support to develop social skills, build relationships and manage anxiety. Our Psychologists can also assist families and carers with behaviour support strategies.
Our counselling and mental health services are open for families, young people, people with a disability as well as people who need financial or gambling counselling.
ARAFMI Hunter Mental Health Carers offer support and counselling for the families and friends of people with mental illness.
Samaritans Psychosocial Support Service helps people living with a severe mental illness to build their life skills and work toward achieving their recovery goals.
Financial counselling is a free and confidential service offered by Samaritans. Our financial counsellors are skilled professionals who will listen to your problems and help you with things like bills or fines you are struggling to pay, being harassed by debt collectors, being evicted from your house, tax debts and gas, electricity or phone disconnection.
Samaritans provides domestic and family violence support to women and children.
Samaritans Early Learning Centre is a fully accredited, non-profit, community based child care centre located in the Newcastle CBD.
Woodberry Early Learning Centre (WELC) is a fully accredited, non-profit, community-based child care centre located in Woodberry.
We recycle pre-loved goods at our four Op Shops located in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.
Our centres have a specific focus on quality and excellence in early childhood education and care.
The Community Hub offers assistance to women and children facing homelessness.
The Kempsey Women’s Refuge provides crisis accommodation and outreach to women and their children.
Taree Women’s Refuge provides crisis accommodation and outreach to women and their children.
Why aren’t we housing all the people who are experiencing homelessness? Our Opinion Piece for Homelessness Week 2019.
There are many areas we need to close the gap. Yet on a national level, our Government is not listening. This is the gap that needs to close.
Read this Opinion Piece centred on Anti-Poverty Week 2020 and the ways poverty has impacted so many people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Published in the Newcastle Herald newspaper.
With the introduction of the federally funded NDIS, state-based advocacy organisations have been under threat.
Reconciliation can only be achieved if there is trust. And trust requires the courage to have an honest, open conversation about our history.
We celebrate the incredible women and girls who we are privileged to support, to nurture, and to help.
Reducing violence against women and children is everyone’s business and we all have a role to play. Read our blog as part of the 16 Days of Activism 2019.
We have vacancies for 2021 in our Preschool Program and our 2-4 years room!
headspace Maitland is set to launch a new satellite service in the Cessnock area in June, an exciting partnership project coordinated by Samaritans and the Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC PHN).
Young people are set to benefit from a new youth mental health service, headspace Kempsey, which is expected to open in late 2020.
Samaritans staff have adapted extremely well to the technological change and growth we’ve had in recent months, which has improved the ways we can collaborate as well as the ways we support our communities.
Samaritans Information and Neighbourhood Centre (SINC) has recently moved to a new office in Vincent Street, Cessnock, offering additional space and access for locals. The new building is located next door to the new headspace satellite service, which is set to launch later in June.
This week we celebrate and acknowledge the work of foster carers and kinship carers who dedicate their time to enriching the lives of young people.
Samaritans is calling on government to permanently increase rates of government support payments and supply of housing, following the release of the Rental Affordability Snapshot for 2020.
Samaritans Shops have been temporarily closed to ensure the safety of our community but, as things change, we have decided to begin reopening our stores with extra safety and cleaning measures in place to protect our volunteers and customers.
COVID-19 has made for some tough adjustments for young people supported by Samaritans Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS). Members of the SHS team, Clare, Emma and Max, reflected on some of the challenges faced by people supported by the service throughout the pandemic.
Newcastle's largest Christmas celebration has been annually hosted by Samaritans for the past 20 years.
A community program for children aged 12 and under offering a safe social space for sharing stories, building resilience, and having fun.
An innovative program that works with children, youth and their families going through challenging times.
Support for the educational engagement of aged between 0 – 6 years old children and their families.
HIPPY supports parents and carers in Kempsey to help children make a successful transition to school and beyond.
Samaritans Supported Employment offers valuable and practical employment experience in a caring and social environment. The service provides employment for people who, due to a range of disabilities, face barriers to gaining and retaining employment.
This service supports people exiting prison who want to reintegrate into the local community.
Samaritans Information and Neighbourhood Centre (SINC) supports the Cessnock community by offering information, support, emergency relief and centre-based activities.
Samaritans Intensive Family Preservation aims to maintain each family we work with as a unit and reduce the risk of children entering the Out Of Home Care system.
Samaritans provides short-term, transitional accommodation, outreach casework, and early intervention for young people in Newcastle, Maitland and the Hunter.
Kaiyu provides mental health services in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Hunter.
Samaritans works with you and your family to help you achieve your goals and link you with all local supports.
Samaritans can help with brokerage funds to support young people at risk of homelessness through our HYAP and FOCAS programs.
Reconnect aims to provide support to young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Newcastle, Cessnock, Port Stephens, Lake Macquarie, and Maitland Local Government Areas.
Samaritans works hard to ensure the people we support receive a high standard of care. A number of our services and programs are independently assessed and certified according to industry standards.
Samaritans provides assisted accommodation for young people who are engaged in study and need a place to stay.
Samaritans supports young people in the Hunter region who are impacted by alcohol and other drugs.
Samaritans supports young people in the Newcastle, Maitland and Dungog areas though our Youth Engagement program.
Samaritans supports families in need of counselling services. We provide safe, confidential and friendly family counselling in Newcastle and surrounding areas.
This service supports men exiting prison who want to reintegrate into the local community. The program encourages the people it supports to establish goals to assist them to be part of the community.
We provide practical assistance and support to people leaving prison and/or alcohol & drug rehabilitation centres to re-engage with the community.
As government restrictions ease and the community adapts, Samaritans is also adapting our service delivery. You can still contact our services via phone, in some services we are organising video appointments, organising for supplies to be picked up safely and connecting you with what you need.
Increasing domestic violence awareness will make a difference – join the movement.
Samaritans supports people to participate in the community and engage in social activities. We provide a variety of flexible and tailored activities to help you achieve your goals.
Samaritans can support you with your day to day activities. Whether that is keeping up with household tasks, personal care, accessing the community or building your skills, we can help.
The Premier’s Youth Initiative provides services to young people leaving statutory out-of-home care (OOHC)
Behaviour Support is an evidence based approach used to support people who have challenges regulating their thinking, feeling, and behaviour.
By leaving a bequest in your will to Samaritans, you will allow us to continue important work in the community assisting those most in need.
A voluntary survey to help us improve Samaritans services.
Christmas is a wonderfully busy time at Samaritans. From our Christmas Day community lunches to our Christmas Assistance Centre, there's plenty of ways to receive help as well as volunteer or get involved.
Everything you need to know about Samaritans help options this Christmas
You are invited to attend a FREE Professional Development opportunity.
This month we want to highlight the stories of resilience, courage and power of women, and give a platform to their voices.
An innovative program that works with children, youth and families going through challenging times.
Samaritans offices will close for Christmas from 2pm on Thursday December 24 through until 9am on Monday January 4, 2021. Some services will continue with reduced staff through the holiday period. For further details, check out this article.
"One of my biggest strengths after being sober for this long would be the positive influence I can have on someone else"
Gary shares his story of resilience and courage as he embarks on his latest marathon, this time fundraising for people recovering from addiction.
The Family Intervention Service can provide family therapy and support for young people, children and their families/carers.
One of our Emergency Relief volunteers, Rose, talked to us about what her role is like supporting people in their hour of need.
As NSW experiences severe weather conditions Samaritans staff have been closely monitoring our areas of operation in the Hunter, Mid North Coast and Central Coast.
Our Emergency Relief (ER) centres are critically short of some essential items including tin spaghetti, baked beans and 2-minute noodles.
Frank, a resident of Samaritans Elermore Vale Supported Independent Living (SIL) house, recently embarked on a well deserved holiday to Nelson Bay.
At Samaritans, it’s our goal to provide people living with disability the chance to achieve their goals and grow their independence at home.
Samaritans will spruce up 15 of its community and disability housing properties thanks to a $250,000 grant from the NSW Government. The houses receiving upgrades include a temporary shelter for women escaping domestic violence, transitional housing for young people experiencing homelessness, as well as properties that are permanent residences for people with disabilities.
Samaritans believes in providing spaces for young people to feel valued, listened to and respected. Our support services in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and surrounds includes everything from counselling, accommodation and parenting advice to drugs and alcohol support.
Your support today can contribute to life-changing programs for local young people.
Aleta from Samaritans Killara Supported Independent Living (SIL) recently celebrated her 60th birthday with a fabulous trip to Sydney.
Samaritans is committed to being a childsafe organisation.
Learn about what an Occupational Therapist does and how to find one.
When Rod moved into Samaritans Supported Independent Living (SIL) house in Elermore Vale he was eager to become more active and explore his new neighbourhood.
We want to hear from the children and young people we serve and genuinely seek their feedback and ideas on how we operate our services.
To ensure the safety of staff, volunteers and people we support, we have adapted our service delivery and have made some changes to our Emergency Relief (ER) Centres.
From Gunnedah to Tamworth, two staff from Samaritans youth homelessness services road tripped to several rural towns earlier last month to visit youth services, train staff and distribute supplies.
The young people we see are often facing challenges with their mental health and relationships; home life is unstable or unsafe and keeping up with school attendance is almost impossible. Our frontline youth workers, case managers and practitioners work tirelessly and with such passion and enthusiasm. It’s a privilege to share some of their words here.
Samaritans has officially launched our Statement of Commitment to Child safety and wellbeing.
A huge thank you to our generous community who supported our headspace Maitland and Cessnock teams in this year’s Push-up Challenge!
Quality Early Childhood Education is one of the most effective ways of ensuring children have the best start in life. So, how do you choose the best child care? What are you looking out for? Here are 4 key indicators of a great Early Learning environment.
We want to confirm Samaritans commitment to continuing to provide support to people in our community, while ensuring everyone’s safety. Updates regarding our service delivery are listed on this page. You can still contact our services via phone and in some services, we are organising video and telephone appointments.
As a Child Safe organisation, Samaritans is committed to providing safe environments where children's rights and child safety are embedded in the attitudes, behaviours and practices of those working at every level of the organisation. We recently caught up with one of our Child and Family Case Workers from our Brighter Futures Program, Kat, who spoke about the importance of National Child Protection week and how we can help our children thrive.
Samaritans Early Intervention Youth Counselling Service provides free mental health and wellbeing support for young people aged 12 - 25 in Kempsey and surrounding areas.