Call out for volunteers

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 25-Jan-2018

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Lifeline's Leo Schultz. Photo: Andrew Perryman.
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Lifeline Central Victoria and Mallee, based in Bendigo, is looking for more volunteers to train as telephone crisis supporters.

Peter (not his real name) has been a volunteer with Lifeline Central Victoria and Mallee for seven years and said that the skills he learned to help people who call Lifeline have benefited every aspect of his life.

“I am a better partner and father because I have learned how to listen. My working relationships are much better, there is less conflict in the workplace and we all get on. And it’s all down to the communication skills that I learnt at Lifeline,” he said.

“It is a great privilege to speak to people from all walks of life when they are at their most vulnerable. 

“They call Lifeline because it is a chance to talk about how they are feeling and what is happening with someone they don’t know, who is not going to judge them and who they will likely never speak to again. That can be easier sometimes than friends and family.”

The organisation’s CEO, Leo Schultz, said Lifeline Central Victoria and Mallee is a whole-of-community activity where locals look after each other. 

“We are very fortunate to have the support of the local community both as volunteers, undertaking the demanding but rewarding work of 13 11 14 and secondly we receive the much-needed financial support from the community,” he said.

“Our volunteers come from all walks of life. 

“Some are students wanting to add a practical element to their studies, we have people who work full or part-time and retirees who see Lifeline as a way to keep active and engaged in the community.”

An information night for prospective volunteers will be held on Wednesday, January 31 at 6pm at the La Trobe Visual Arts Centre, 121 View Street, Bendigo.

Anyone interested in attending can call the Lifeline administration number on 5443 1330.

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