Lifeline seeks help to train counsellors

By Nikita Oliver

Lifeline Waikato has a fundraising page to collect $5000 by March.

The organisation, which handles thousands of calls from people in need every year, is short of certified counsellors and all proceeds will go to training volunteers for telephone counselling, face-to-face counselling, and keeping the free service running.

Volunteer counsellor Campbell Patterson says the volunteer page will make it easier for Lifeline Waikato to help others.

"It helps us be a better service to the public. I have been through depression, I have been through a lot in my life and I believe everyone should have someone to talk to."

The call centre takes about 6000 calls a year.

There are about 60 qualified volunteers and it costs $1500 to certify a telephone counsellor.

Lifeline Waikato needs 75 certified volunteers to have the service running effectively and continuously.

Marketing and communication co-ordinator Jarel Phillips says people need a space for someone to listen.

"It is a good space for the community to invest in because of the services we provide."

On February 15, Lifeline Waikato will hold a charity golf tournament. To enter a team of four it costs $140 and to sponsor a hole is $300. They will have donated prizes to give away on the day.

To make a donation or lean more about Lifeline visit

- Hamilton News

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