LIifeline Ballarat calling for extraordinary volunteers
Lifeline Ballarat is calling for community members to consider volunteering on its 13 11 14 crisis line, highlighting that every minute given to the charity goes towards saving lives.
Lifeline Ballarat Program Manager Michelle MacGillivray said an information night will be hosted on Tuesday 23 January, to discuss volunteering and how local support can provide hope and connection to Australians in crisis, helping to ensure that no-one has to be alone.
“While Lifeline’s Telephone Crisis Supporters are in many ways ordinary people, coming from different backgrounds and vocations, they are all extraordinary volunteers who share a strong desire to make a difference,” Ms MacGillivray said.
“Our volunteers reflect our community. They are both women and men. They are part time, full time workers, stay at home parents and retirees.”
“They all share a caring non-judgmental attitude coupled with great listening and communication skills.”
Ms MacGillivray said that the information night includes Lifeline Ballarat staff and volunteers talking about how their work not only supports Australians in need, but also results in significant personal growth.
“With our nationally-recognised volunteer program including more than 180 hours of training and student probation, Lifeline Ballarat produces some of the most highly-skilled Crisis Supporters in the world,” Ms MacGillivray said.
“These skills stay with volunteers for the rest of their lives and go beyond the 13 11 14 crisis line, helping to build more resilient and suicide-safe communities.
“During the training, volunteers learn about communication, listening, mental health, suicide and self-awareness. This has positive personal and professional benefits for each volunteer and broadly within our community. Many volunteers speak about how they have successfully resolved difficult situations in their own lives by applying the skills learnt from the Lifeline volunteer experience.”
Ms MacGillivray also said that Lifeline Ballarat fosters a community of connected and committed likeminded people, who fulfil their professional volunteering around personal, family and work commitments.
What: Volunteering information night, Lifeline Ballarat
When: Tuesday 23 January 2018 from 6-7pm
Where: Peart Wing, 103 Lydiard Street South Ballarat
Contact: To find out more about Lifeline Telephone Crisis Support volunteering call Lifeline Ballarat 5322 4996 or visit the website https://www.lifeline.org.au/ballarat/.