General Volunteering: In the office, at events, in the community
We are always looking for people who are willing to help out and contribute. If you have skills and time to offer we'd love to hear from you!
Are you interested in providing basic counselling by text, phone, email and web chat to young people across New Zealand? Youthline Southland offers free training for local volunteers aged 17+. Training is held locally where possible but often work in collaboration with Youthline Otago.
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.
Training for stages 1 & 2 is usually held over 4 days.
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.
We do at least a couple of training intakes per year, so if the next one doesn't suit you, get in touch. In 2020 we will have 2 training intakes in March/April and July/August.
To register your interest and sign up fill out the form below.