Community call is out to lend a hand to Lifeline

Lend a hand: Lifeline Central Road manager Troy Terp and volunteer Jan Touzeau welcome extra help.
Lend a hand: Lifeline Central Road manager Troy Terp and volunteer Jan Touzeau welcome extra help.

LIFELINE is there to provide help 24/7, but now they are asking the community for a hand.

Lifeline Mid Coast is calling on interested residents to volunteer for their services.

The Lifeline shops in Port Macquarie and Wauchope are run entirely by passionate people who work tirelessly in an effort to continue making money to support Lifeline's crisis support services.

Unfortunately, the shops are experiencing a shortage of volunteer workers.

Lifeline's Port Macquarie, Central Road shop manager, Troy Terp said volunteering has many benefits.

"It connects you with people, increasing your relationship and social skills. It is good for your mind, combating stress, anger and anxiety. It provides a sense of purpose and assists in fighting depression, making you feel happier," Mr Terp said.

"Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, learn retail skills and have fun. Knowing that you are making a difference in the lives of people who really need it, is completely rewarding."

Volunteers in the Lifeline shop have the knowledge that they are helping the global environment as well as the local community.

Shopping at Lifeline is environmentally friendly and purchasing second hand goods reduces the amount of textiles and household items delivered to landfill.

Lifeline encourages people of all ages to consider volunteering.

Proceeds of all goods sold through the shops are channelled back into the work of Lifeline.

Lifeline receives 2700 telephone calls a day from Australians in need of support.

It provides an online crisis support chat that is available for people who prefer to seek help this way - one on one "live" chat with a trained crisis supporter. Lifeline Text is available from 6pm nightly.

To register your interest, contact Troy on 6581 3644 or email central@lifelinemidcoast.org.au

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