8 November 2023

Lifeline looking for crisis support volunteers from all walks of life - no experience needed

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Books set out on tables for the Book Fair

Funds raised from Lifeline South Coast’s annual book fairs go towards services to help people in crisis. Photo: Jen White.

If you feel you are a good listener, empathetic, compassionate and committed to supporting others, Lifeline South Coast wants to hear from you.

Lifeline is looking for volunteers from all walks of life to learn how to support people in crisis.

A 90-minute online information session will be held on Thursday 16 November for people to learn about what is involved in becoming a Lifeline volunteer. Information regarding the application, intake and interview process will be provided at the event.

Potential volunteers don’t need specific qualifications, as Lifeline provides high-quality training, supervision and support.

The training is designed to be extensive and thorough, ensuring volunteers are well equipped and armed with all the tools they require to safely and effectively support help seekers in their time of need.

In-shift support supervisor Daniel Iannuzzi said it was a privilege to volunteer with Lifeline South Coast.

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“We speak with many people who all have such varied stories – including those who are lonely, seeking emotional support, experiencing suicidality, or those who may be experiencing the worst day or the biggest tragedy of their life,” he said.

“To be there as a support for people in the way that we are and ensure that no one is ever left to face their darkest moments alone is truly a privilege.”

Lifeline is Australia’s leading suicide prevention service and is a national charity. Services include the 24/7 Telephone Crisis Support line, 13 11 14 and 24/7 Crisis Support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on 13YARN, webchat and text services.

Around Australia, Lifeline answers 3500 calls every day, connecting with more than 155 people who have thoughts of suicide.

It strives to break down the stigma surrounding seeking help and bring hope, compassion and connection to individuals across Australia.

To register for the online session at 6 pm on 16 November, visit the Lifeline website.

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