Hunter/Lake Macquarie and Newcastle men have the opportunity to gain valuable personal skills and help others in their community in crisis, thanks to a new partnership between Lifeline Australia and Gotcha4Life.

Lifeline Hunter Central Coast Regional Manager, Rob Sams

Lifeline Hunter Central Coast regional manager, Rob Sams welcomed the announcement of 20 scholarships nationally to encourage men around the country to volunteer as telephone crisis supporters (TCS) on the 13 11 14 crisis line.

He thanked TV and radio personality Gus Worland and Gotcha4Life for their support. “Gus is a big supporter of Lifeline and he came to the Hunter late last year for our Brass Blokes awards evening,” Mr Sams said.

“I encourage Hunter men who are thinking about a way to give back to their community that will make a very big difference to the lives of local people, even save lives, to apply” he said.

“Around 20% of our volunteers are male so we are looking to boost numbers. Some male callers to our line prefer another ‘bloke’ to speak with.

“The quality of the nationally accredited training and ongoing support is outstanding and our TCS volunteers all say it helps them in their personal lives,” said Mr Sams.

Lifeline Hunter Central Coast will have another intake and training course mid-year.

For more information on volunteering with Lifeline, including the TCS scholarships, phone Lifeline Hunter Central Coast on 4940 2000.

For 24/7 crisis or suicide prevention support, phone Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp.