Lifeline opens new city base



LIFELINE'S volunteers who have stayed with the charity and counselling service through challenging years were yesterday rewarded with a place to call their own.

About midday yesterday, Lifeline officially opened its new counselling centre at 25 Off Street, and fittingly it was those who had seen Lifeline through, the volunteers, that cut the ribbon.

Del Bambrick said she joined Lifeline a year ago and enjoyed volunteering as a shop supervisor.

'Over the last couple of months, to see how things have come along is great,' Del said.

'Sometimes you go home and you're so tired but it's a good exhaustion... you get more than you give.'

Phone counsellor Elizabeth has worked with Lifeline for eight years after problems in her own life provided her with experience to help others.

Like other phone counsellors, she completed a rigorous 16-week training course and updates, dedicating much of her time to the volunteer work but still finding it rewarding.

She said it was difficult dealing with people who needed help but rarely openly asked for it but it was all made worthwhile when a suicide could be prevented.

Lifeline Gladstone client services coordinator Robyn Liddell said Lifeline's investment of more than $400,000 gave Lifeline a permanent home.

She said although the centre relied heavily on the assistance of Bundaberg, the dedicated staff and volunteers aimed for the centre to stand on its own within five years.



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