Careline Connections 5 year plan
Careline Connections have examined where Careline would like to be in 5 years. This has resulted in a 5 year plan which has been approved by the board. Central to the plan is seeking new funding sources including grants and donations to allow Careline to grow into new areas. Possibilities for growth include into the Asia/Pacific region beyond Australia and supporting young people within Christian schools. Careline will be seeking new volunteers to help us move towards this exiting future.
New Media Content Provider
Lutheran Media recently reached an agreement with Careline Connections. Careline Connections will provide a “Careline” for Lutheran Media. Lutheran Media provides content for many Christian radio stations across Australia, including the highly popular “Messages of Hope”. The “Messages of Hope” Careline can be reached across Australia on 1800549544.
Careline mid-year stats
So far this year (Jan – Jul) Careline have received 17,600 calls from across Australia through the 18 media partners that Careline supports. The 53 active volunteers of Careline have had over 4019 conversations with callers at an average of 14 minutes each.
This year Careline has listened, cared, referred and prayed for an average of 240 unique people each month. We thank everyone who has supported this Careline ‘fellowship’ over the first 6 months of this year.
This year Careline has 41 registered ‘Praise Points’ and 5 Complaints.
Careline visit to South Australia
Gary recently went to South Australia and visited the sites of Careline’s two South Australian media partners – Lime FM in Mount Gambier and Life FM Adelaide.
1079 Life FM has undergone renovations and is looking great. Discussions with both partners included included Careline reporting and advertising for Careline volunteers.
Careline values these two media partners and looks forward to having careline volunteers in South Australia soon.
Careline Connections are very pleased to announce that Jacqui Walsh will be joining Careline Connections Ltd in the role of volunteer Careline Counsellor.
Jacqui has significant experience with Lifeline as well as her own Counselling Business and is an experienced Supervisor of Counsellors http://newlife-counselling.com.au/
Jacqui has eight years as a Lifeline telephone counsellor, with roles in shift supervising, debriefing telephone counsellors, and supporting callers with ongoing depression and suicide ideation.
Media Partnership - 96three Careline
Careline Connections is proud to announce a new agreement between Careline Connections and 96Three FM radio station in Geelong. An MOU between Careline Connections and 96three FM was signed on the 20th June 2023. David Day, 96three CEO said 96three were delighted to be able to partner and support the ministry of Careline Connections. The new 96three Careline will be officially launched towards the end of this year.
At "The Light" Station Office
Andrew, Gary and Peter went to The Light office in Mitcham to negotiate a new Contra deal between Careline and The Light. The Light will be developing an ad for volunteers that will be available to all media partners. Also discussed were the on-air promotions and reporting.
The new agreement is expected to be signed in a week or two.
New Board Member
Janelle Brooks has recently been appointed to the board of Careline. Janelle joined Careline in 2017 as a volunteer and became part of the MCC Careline team. Janelle became a team leader in September 2020, and has been managing her team expertly and with a minimum of fuss since then. Her knowledge of Careline and her work in other areas will enable her to bring a unique perspective to the Board.
1039 LIFE FM joins Careline
1039 Life FM in Gippsland have become a Careline media partner. Listeners across Gippsland are able to contact the Life FM Careline on 0341597040.
This week David Braithwaite from 1039 Life FM interviewed Andrew, Gary and Peter for the Launch of the Life FM Careline.
Elizabeth visits the Careline office
Elizabeth is the expert Careline Administrator, based in Townsville. She came and worked out of the office in Boronia, Victoria on a Thursday with the ‘guys’, Andrew, Gary and Peter.
February - Caller Reports
Last month (February) the Caller Reports submitted by volunteers showed 108 people called Careline with mental health issues.
If this sounds like you, you can talk to someone on 03 9070 6134. If you would like to help you can become a Careline volunteer or can donate to Careline (just hit the donate button).
Heavens Comfort have kindly donated a number of blankets to Careline. These special blankets are embroidered with comforting bible verses. The blankets will be sent to callers who may be in need of some care at a low point in their lives.