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Lifeline’s one-stop-shop

Thursday, 29th January, 2015

(Left) Traci-Lee Powles, Tom Halliday and Lifeline’s Scott Hammond with the new Lifeline tops for the Connect program. (Left) Traci-Lee Powles, Tom Halliday and Lifeline’s Scott Hammond with the new Lifeline tops for the Connect program.

A new program starts in the city next month to connect locals with services that can help them.

Lifeline Connect is coordinated by Lifeline with the help of their volunteers.

Lifeline’s Personal Counselling Coordinator, Garry Halliday, said it will be located in the YMCA building in Chloride Street.

“It will be a place where you can come and get all your information as well as referrals to services.”

Mr Halliday said people can often struggle to find all the services they needed.

“We will have a central repository and locals can come in and have a chat with our volunteers.

“We are also hoping to have ‘pop-up’ activities. These will happen two or three times a week. It could be cooking or meditation. We are limited only by our imagination.”

Mr Halliday said the volunteers have undertaken six-week’s training and that another training session will be held in March.

Lifeline Connect will open on February 16 and will run from Monday to Friday, 10am to 2pm.

“It is a new concept and everyone is enthusiastic about it,” he said.

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