Christmas Lunch in the Park 2020

Volunteer Registration for Newcastle

Newcastle Volunteer Registration Form

About the event

Now in its 20th year, Christmas Lunch in the Park by Samaritans is the region's largest and longest running Christmas Day event. We aim to offer individuals and families experiencing homelessness, disadvantage or loneliness, much needed compassion on Christmas Day.

New Concept

2020 has been a year like no other. Yet we know there are people in our community who may be unable to celebrate Christmas this year, and we are here to help. We hope you can help us too!

To keep our volunteers and community safe, this year our Christmas lunches will be a little different. We are offering an express lunch and gift pickup on Christmas Day.

Volunteer Information

Give your time and help to bring compassion to our community this Christmas.

Social distancing requirements also means the number of volunteers needed this year will be significantly reduced. There are also restrictions on those who will be able to help in 2020, so please read the following information carefully and only register if you comply. Please don’t be discouraged if you are unable to contribute this year… 2021 will be here in no time and we will be calling upon your support.

As some volunteers' situations may change in the lead up to Christmas, and may need to withdraw registration, we are now taking registrations for our standby list to ensure we have volunteers with us on the day. If you would like to be on our standby list, please register using the Newcastle Volunteer Registration Form. 

Advice for people at risk of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Some people are at greater risk of more serious illness with COVID-19. As we move towards living in a COVIDSafe Australia, we still need to take extra steps to protect those most at risk. If you fall into any of these categories, please re-consider registering for Christmas 2020.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 50 years and older with one or more chronic medical conditions
  • people 65 years and older with chronic medical conditions. Conditions included in the definition of 'chronic medical conditions' will be refined as more evidence emerges. The most current list can be accessed on the Department of Health.
  • people 70 years and older
  • people with compromised immune systems (see Department of Health).

Working With Children Check 

Samaritans requires all our volunteers to complete a free Working With Children Check (WWCC). This step is an important part of Samaritans volunteering policy and is necessary for all volunteers, including those who only volunteer with us for a short time.

You may already have a WWCC number and if so, please provide your number when completing our volunteer registration form. 

If you need help to apply, renew or update your WWCC click here

Singleton and Central Coast events

Singleton: Information about the Singleton Christmas Lunch will be released soon. Please do not fill in the form on this page if you wish to volunteer at Singleton. 

Central Coast: Due to restrictions with COVID-19, we are unable to host a Christmas Day lunch at Wyong on the Central Coast this year. We will be hosting smaller, COVID-adapted event in Newcastle and Singleton. Volunteer numbers will be very limited due to local restrictions, however guests on the day can pick up a take away meal.

A special thank you to our event sponsors: 


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