by Andrew Sutherland l LFT Manager
Friday, July 20, 2018
What’s been happening?
Online community should be just that – community. In May we launched a parallel service to help our community look out for each other, SendHelp.io. If you’ve seen a post online that makes you worried for someone, submit the link through the site and one of our OCI team will reach out to them when we’re next on shift.
We’ve been recruiting a pretty diverse team over the last 18 months, and between them they’re now doing more than 50 hours of online intervention work each week. They come from a wide range of work and study backgrounds, but all give up a few hours each week to chat to some awesome young people.
We’ve started building! Our intervention process has been fairly basic and manual so far, so we figured we should build our own intervention platform to be able to reach more young people, more easily. Now we are, and progress is fast!
We take sustenance seriously for our volunteer team, and have now implemented a snack drawer policy to make sure our bodies are nourished and our energy levels are maintained. We cover all the major food groups, including carbohydrates, vegetables, and dairy.
We couldn’t do it all without our awesome funder for this project, the Vodafone New Zealand Foundation. They like us a lot, and share our passion to make meaningful change for young people across Aotearoa.