Samaritans Winter Appeal

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By Peter Gardiner
Chief Executive Officer, Samaritans

Samaritans supported Declan* to get his life back on track after experiencing homelessness at the age of 17. (See his full story to the right.)

He is now enrolled at University and hopes to become a social worker so that he can help make a difference in young people’s lives.

Thanks to the support of the community, Samaritans is able to offer hope and practical assistance like this to thousands of locals in need each year.

One thing that has struck me since I joined this organisation in February is the real sense of community at Samaritans and the joint effort of our staff, supporters, our volunteers as well as the people we support and their families that all contribute to making our community a better place.

It is with a sense of pride that I ask you to continue to be a part of this wonderful community and give a gift to our 2016 Winter Appeal.

Almost 12,000 people were supported through our Emergency Relief centres in 2015 alone.  Since it launched in 2013, 43 young people have been offered accommodation and support through Samaritans Student Accommodation, a service that receives no government funding.

I hope you are as inspired as I am by these statistics and the story I have chosen to share with you.  Click here to read more stories about the impact of our work in providing pathways and positive outcomes.

The breadth of Samaritans work never ceases to amaze me but it is this diversity that gives Samaritans the opportunity to work with so many and consequently make a real difference in our local community.

You can help Samaritans provide immediate support to locals in need by donating to the 2016 Winter Appeal.


The breadth of Samaritans work is extensive but it is this diversity that gives Samaritans the opportunity to work with so many and consequently make a real difference in our local community.

You can be contribute to their important work by donating to Samaritans Winter Appeal 2016.

Winter is a time of increased needs as we see more and more families struggling with food and electricity bills to stay warm.

$30 can feed a family a nutritious meal this winter.
$75 can help a child’s home be heated, as electricity prices continue to rise.
$150 can provide a young person with counselling and guidance during difficult times.