Youthline Otago is a volunteer led organisation. We are always looking for people who are willing to help out in a variety of ways such as fundraising, promotion, events, marketing etc.!. If you have skills and time to offer we'd love to hear from you; please get in touch below.
We are looking for compassionate, reliable, and enthusiastic volunteers aged 18 and over to join and become helpline counsellors. We offer a FREE high-quality training programme, with clinical supervision and support for those who volunteer. We provide our volunteers with abundant resources and opportunities to deliver direct help to those in need, and the chance to learn indispensable skills and develop as individuals.
Shifts on the helpline are 3 hours and it is expected volunteers complete 2-3 shifts per month and make a minimum commitment of 1 year.
At Youthline Otago, training consists of 8 full days over 4 weekends. Training for stages 1 & 2 is usually held over 4 days.
We run at least a couple of Induction Training Courses per year, so if the next one doesn't suit you, get in touch.
To find out more and register your interest, please sign up or contact us.
Stage 1: Personal development training programme serves as the first step towards becoming a counsellor on the Youthline Helpline. Learn self-awareness, theory, communication skills, self-reflection & much more.
Stage 2: After personal development training, youth and community counselling skills is where the skills-building really kicks in! Build your active listening, micro & strengths-based counselling, and suicide risk assessment & prevention skills.
Stages 3 and 4: Helpline counsellors start as trainees and work alongside a mentor until they build the skills and confidence to work independently as a solo helpline counsellor where there is plenty of flexibility. Once you are fully trained, you will be provided ongoing and regular supervision with a trained professional either in a group setting or one-on-one. We look after you while you make a difference saving lives and supporting our local and national community.
Youthline Otago also offers voluntary internship placements for face to face counsellors. Interns must be a New Zealand Association of Counsellors provisional member or equivalent.
To find out more please get in contact with us.