About Lifeline Western Sydney
We began as a 24 hour service on 3 August 1974. At that time, Dr Gloster Udy trained volunteers in “Ellengowan”, a Georgian house which was the original premises of the Tara school in Parramatta.
We aim to have around 120 trained telephone crisis supporters to respond to the 50,000+ calls we answer from around Australia each year. People in crisis call us about their suicidal thoughts, relationship difficulties, mental illness, domestic violence, addictive behaviour, sexual abuse, loneliness, social isolation and disabilities as well as many other issues.
This service wouldn’t be possible without our friendly, caring team of dedicated volunteers. As the demand for the Lifeline telephone crisis service is always high, we are continually looking to expand the team.
We run courses throughout the year - both day and evening classes - at our training centre at Parramatta. Whilst the actual cost of the course is valued at well over $2,000, through grants, donations and fundraising events, we are able to offer this extensive and nationally recognised course at a greatly subsidised rate. In return, we ask for a minimum 2 year commitment of fortnightly, 4 hour shifts (at a time to suit you) to Lifeline Western Sydney.
For more information, email us at [email protected] or phone: 02 9891 6213