More Volunteers Needed
Lifeline Geelong Barwon Region Inc. has praised its volunteer Telephone Counsellors for extra shifts they have undertaken to meet the additional demand to the 24-hour crisis line because of the ongoing flood crisis.
As a result, Lifeline is calling on people in the community to consider becoming a volunteer Telephone Counsellor by contacting Lifeline Geelong Barwon Region on 03 5222 2255.
“Anyone can apply to be one of our Telephone Counsellors. Just like our latest suicide prevention Local Hero of the Year, Don Richie, our volunteers save lives each and everyday, while also helping all Australians in their time of crisis,” Lifeline spokesperson, Sharon Gibson said.
“Lifeline has seen a 50% increase in calls over the past two weeks from people right across the country, not just in flood impacted communities. Our volunteers have spoken to people about grief, loss, hardship and pain.
“Our volunteers are Australians who care. They have helped ease pain while caring for people through their time of crisis, it’s really a very rewarding way to spend your time. The way they have mobilised to assist in our flood response shows just how great they are.”
The next round of Telephone Counselling training begins on March 16.
“It’s not just Telephone Counsellors we are looking for; people don’t have to go on the phones to help out. People can be part of the Lifeline family by undertaking a range of important roles.”
“We need people to work in shops, sort clothing, drive trucks, empty clothing bins, the list goes on. And if you can’t get involved, then mention it to your friends. Word of mouth is one of Lifeline’s best recruitment methods.”
If you or someone you know is in need of support for an emotional crisis, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.