thought as Lifeline dinner raises need for support
Lifeline Adelaide held its inaugural fundraising dinner at the Sanctuary Adelaide Zoo - the Lifeline Dinner Table - on Saturday 28 October last year, raising more than $25,000.
While the food was fantastic, far more satisfying were the funds raised, which will give 10 new volunteers the chance to complete the 12 months of training needed to offer specialised, round-the-clock support.
Lifeline needs 120 volunteers per year to answer the thousands of calls it receives from South Australians urgently needing help. These exceptional volunteers not only undergo a year of training, but commit to late night and weekend shifts to ensure help is there when needed.
We’d like to thank everyone who attended the dinner for their generous support, those who have helped us raise funds to help Lifeline, and our truly special volunteers.
Technology and the attempt to reconnect young people
Like Trent, there are many young people who find themselves facing dark times.
It’s why Lifeline has introduced the Online Chat Crisis Service. With Lifeline Adelaide responding to around 12,000 online chats in the past year alone, it’s clear that this new way of reaching young people is working.
Jonathon Hilditch from the service says: ‘People who use our online chat service tend to be younger, and more likely to be female and technology savvy. The age groups range from high school students to people in their thirties, however it is changing.’
Jonathon has found that the privacy of typing, rather than speaking, helps people to feel less guarded:
‘The anonymity enables people to feel more comfortable in disclosing the nature of their crisis. This can be quite confronting at times, but our training, knowledge and experience kicks in, which enables us to work with them to help resolve their crisis safely.’
A call to Lifeline can often be the difference between life and death. Thank you for helping us have this new means of connecting young people to Lifeline’s life- saving services, which will help us to reach many more people, like Trent.
To make a donation today please call (08) 8202 5110 or visit www.unitingcommunities.org
Thank you so much for your generous support.
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