Help Lifeline give advice to those in need

FRASER Coast residents have the opportunity to build new skills and make a significant contribution to their community by signing up for Lifeline's Crisis Supporter Workplace Training in Maryborough, which kicks off from February 13.

Lifeline's Crisis Supporter Workplace Training is an accredited training program which equips people from all walks of life with the skills to become a Lifeline telephone crisis supporter.

Crisis supporters answer calls on Lifeline's 13 11 14 crisis line, providing support to people in Australia who are in crisis and may be at risk of suicide.

Shane Bill, (acting) Crisis Support Service co-ordinator and trainer at UnitingCare Community, said crisis supporters were the lifeblood of Lifeline centres across the Fraser Coast and around Australia.

"Many people often wonder how one individual can make a difference. The truth is that all of us have the power to make a real impact on the lives of others - and every minute volunteered by a telephone crisis supporter helps save lives," Mr Bill said.

The course is open to anyone looking to improve their communication skills, develop self-awareness, enhance current qualifications and/or study and open up pathways to career opportunities.

While no previous experience is necessary as all training is provided, the course is ideally suited to people who have intake and assessment skills, and those who wish to pursue a career in the community services sector.



  •  Lifeline Crisis Supporter Workplace Training will commence with an induction day this Saturday, March 5, and will then run each Saturday for nine weeks from March 13. The course will be held at the offices of UnitingCare Community - Fraser District.