LIFELINE APPEALS FOR MORE VOLUNTEERS
Release date: 1 February 2011
Lifeline is today praising its 3,500 volunteer Telephone Counsellors for the extra shifts they are undertaking to meet the additional demand to the 24-hour crisis line, 13 11 14, due to the ongoing floods across the country and the coming cyclone in Queensland.
“Lifeline has seen a 50% increase in calls over the past 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. We now expect to begin to receive crisis calls related to the coming cyclone in Queensland, which will certainly have an emotional impact on people,” Lifeline CEO Dr Maggie Jamieson said today.
In addition, Lifeline is calling on the community to consider becoming a volunteer Telephone Counsellor, by contacting their local Lifeline Centre.
“We always need more volunteers and 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 Australians in their time of crisis.
“Our volunteers are Australians who care. They help 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 natural disaster response shows just how great they are.”
For information about the location of your local Centre, go to www.lifeline.org.au.
“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 if is in need of support for an emotional crisis, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
For further information or comment contact:
Chris Wagner 0434 378 939