Would you spend the night in Maitland Gaol?

Last chance to grab your tickets!

Samaritans are challenging you to spend a night in a gaol cell and see how much money you can fundraise for Samaritans in sponsorship!

The aim of the event is to raise funds for Samaritans post-release services, some of which do not receive Government funding and rely on donations to continue operating.

Not up for the challenge? You can still show your support by joining them for the Lock Up Dinner at Maitland Gaol – you don’t want to miss out on this novelty night with live entertainment, prizes, dinner and drinks! Plus a spooky gaol tour!  Tickets for the dinner are just $85 and if you are brave enough to stay the night too the Sleep In ticket (includes dinner) is $145.

Join us on Friday October 14 for an evening you will never forget!


Date: Friday October 14
Time: 6:30pm
Venue: Maitland Gaol, 6 – 18 John Street, East Maitland

Find out more at the Samaritans event page
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The importance of supporting post-release services

by Samaritans Chief Executive Officer, Peter Gardiner

Too often individuals fall back into the cycle of criminal activity after being released from prison. The recidivism rate in Australia is a staggering 60%. A lack of support upon exiting prison is a major factor in this statistic and consequently one third of ex-inmates will spend their first night out of gaol struggling to find appropriate accommodation. It costs tax payers over $90,000 to imprison one person for one year – the same amount can rehabilitate 150 people and keep them from returning to prison.

Having support once leaving prison makes a huge difference to the individual. Imagine leaving prison and having no job, often no family and no place to sleep. In NSW when someone leaves prison there is a 1 in 2 chance they will reoffend and return to prison. However, when a person is assisted to find a job, secure accommodation and achieve their goals this statistic dramatically decreases. On our evidence, only 1 in 10 people supported through our post-release program Friendship House will reoffend and return to prison.

What is Friendship House?

Friendship House is a support program for men exiting prison and is situated in an inner suburb of Newcastle.

The program helps these men be part of the community, providing them with a volunteer and car to assist them each day to meet their goals to re-enter society.

Friendship House offers two services:

  • Friendship House Accommodation
  • Friendship Program

What is Friendship House Accomodation?

Friendship House is a two-bedroom house in a local Newcastle suburb to accommodate two clients.

Residents are required to abide by House Rules and sign a licence to occupy for their stay of up to 28 days.

What is the Friendship Program?

The Friendship Program encourages the people it supports to establish goals to assist them to be part of the community. Volunteers are rostered to assist guests of Friendship House, and those having recently exited a correctional facility but not in Friendship House Accommodation, to work through their goals.