Volunteer Registration for Newcastle
Newcastle Volunteer Registration Form
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.