It is a crisis hotline, so I believe it will be quite interesting and rewarding to be able to help people but I know that every time I want to do/try something, I always have rose coloured glasses on and am disillusioned eventually. The cost to complete the course in Melbourne is 0 so 0 is pretty good in comparison. Usually you can discuss a payment plan if you can prove financial hardship and pay half up front and the rest half way through the course. I have heard that the majority of callers are not suicidal and perhaps that is one of the reasons why the government hasnt decided to fund this area? The service is about being there for people who feel they have few other options – some just need to talk with another human being.It's expensive because you will be trained in a very intense manner over a relatively short time frame to talk with people who are in crisis. About the sex chat line thing too, yes, I have heard about that. The occasional sex caller is unfortunate but far from common.0 to do the course is not unreasonable due to the severe lack of funding they (don't) receive. but you also have an opportunity to help people at a point in their lives that they may need it most. The training includes plenty of discussion / strategies for taking care of one's self while doing this kind of work. Volunteers experiencing repeat callers is not particularly common owing to the national nature of the service and the number of volunteers all over the country. I volunteered back when our centre answered local calls.Historically some centres operated 'local' services where it was possible to receive repeat calls – your friend may have been a volunteer during that time but would be most unlikely to have the same experience today. Most time wasters just want someone to talk to, or ask stupid questions (how to turn on the oven, best temperature for X, etc). I was young, and sounded even younger (ppl would often ask if they could speak to my mum or dad).I dialled the number and left a message on the answering machine, trying to sound confident and at ease. A lot of people, if you gained their trust, really opened up and told you things about their personal life, stuff they hadn't told anyone else.A week later, I was interviewed by a middle-aged man named John. Some callers would stay on the line for an hour or so, just wanting to talk.
There is a high drop out rate from the course and from the telephone counselling work. Any profit they make goes toward supporting suicide prevention. Progressing through the course to the phones is by invitation. If you wish to progress as a volunteer you will be able to gain the entire Cert IV in telephone counselling with no further cost to you than the initial fee.
A few years ago my finances were running very low and I had a swag of bills in front of me. Alas, that's what most callers do once they've ejaculated. Worst of all, that first call had only lasted about three minutes. Obviously, I would have to get them to stay on the line for longer.
I saw an ad in a gay newspaper which said: "Phone sex operator. Giving people dirty phone calls and getting paid for it. I thought that, even though this is a sex line, there's no reason why we can't be civilised. The best part of the job was that it was like doing field work on sexuality.
Hello Does anybody here know what volunteering for lifeline as a hotline volunteer is like?
It is a crisis hotline, so I believe it will be quite interesting and rewarding to be able to help people but I know that every time I want to do/try something, I always have rose coloured glasses on and am disillusioned eventually.