Aid for Lifeline

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 21-Jul-2016

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Lifeline Central Victoria and Mallee has teamed up with La Trobe University and Strategem Community Foundation to help address the increasing demand for crisis services in the region.

The three organisations are supporting an information session aimed at recruiting volunteers for Lifeline’s 13 11 14 telephone counselling service. 

La Trobe University has had a long-time collaboration with Lifeline, in the past donating hire of the Visual Arts Centre and personnel to assist with the organisation’s information sessions.

Strategem Community Foundation will support this year’s recruitment drive through a significant donation. 

Lifeline Central Victoria and Mallee’s Leo Schultz said it is vital for the organisation to receive this support as demand for the service continues to grow.

“Recruiting volunteers to 13 11 14 is the heartbeat
of our service. We need the help of caring, empathic community members to do the challenging work of supporting Australians in crisis,” he said.

Robert Stephenson, head of campus at La Trobe Bendigo says the university is delighted to be involved in the important initiative.

“We are proud to be assisting Lifeline to grow their volunteer base and deliver this vital service,” he said.

The three organisations in the past collaborated on a project which involved La Trobe University education students receiving training in suicide prevention before completing their course. 

People interested in volunteering as telephone crisis supporter at Lifeline are encouraged to attend the information session at 6pm Tuesday, August 30 at La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre on View Street and to register to attend by emailing enquiries@lifelinecvm.org.au or telephone 5443 1330.

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