The recruitment and internal training of new counsellors is a vital component of the Lifeline Service. Volunteers have to participate and successfully graduate from the LifeLine course in order to be prepared for telephone and face to face situations, as well as to take part in facilitation, give talks, read and monitor reports and cope with the management of probationer counsellors in training.
From February 2011, 68 people enrolled on the personal growth training, including a group of homeopathy and child & youth development students from Durban University of Technology.
Training and workshops are some of the most appropriate income generating activities for LifeLine Durban. Through this holistic service that includes corporate training we effectively reach large numbers of community members in the workplace.
This year we have been able to expand and reach more corporate sectors where we have provided the 10 day HIV& AIDS course as well as HIV counselling and testing (HCT) in line with the government mandate to test 15 million throughout the country. Some of the activities undertaken in this field are:
HIV awareness talks at:
- L&J Tools and Engineering – Mbokotwini
- G Liviero & Son Building – Briardene
- Miet Finance
- Protea Hotel – Umhlanga Ridge
- Volvo – Pinetown
- Siyayinqoba Beat it – Durban Central
Community Dialogue/ Talk Circles
Our organization has embarked enthusiastically on a journey into a more engaging constructive approach of community counselling; group dialogue or talk circles. Lifeline has been approached by different community based organizations to conduct dialogues in their community.
In response to an invitation from UNISA Lifeline has partnered with UNISA in a new approach called Advance to Educate.
Lifeline was asked to put together a presentation on Teenage pregnancy; this dialogue was conducted at Wentworth community where they have a high prevalence of teenage pregnancy and drug abuse. More than 500 youth attended the talk circle.
We have also worked with Varsity College where Lifeline conducted a dialogue on gender based violence, sexual offences and HIV&AIDS issues.
Lifeline has embarked on working with educators and learners to mobilize them with regards to the HIV & AIDS Pandemic. We will continue to work with educators, building their capacity in methods of providing emotional support to learners who are affected and infected with HIV&AIDS.