Tomorrow is R U OK? Day, an initiative designed to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with the people around us and start a conversation with anyone who may be struggling with life.
Bankstown Sports is getting behind the event, encouraging all staff to reach out to colleagues and patrons and ask – ‘R U OK?’, with one employee in particular leading the charge to ensure everyone in the club feels supported.
Duty Manager Liam Hodge has always felt passionate about helping people and is currently studying a Masters in Social Work. Last year, he expressed an interest in doing a Lifeline Crisis Supporter course to assist people who may be struggling with life, and keeping in line with our commitment to supporting the personal and professional development of our staff, the club offered to fund his training.
Liam began the course in January and after completing a range of modules and several months of supervised training on the Lifeline hotline phones, he is now in the final stages of probation before becoming fully qualified.
Liam says the training to become a volunteer Crisis Supporter is a very rewarding experience and as a result, he feels he is now equipped with the tools to build better connections with staff members and patrons here at the club.
“I’ve always known I wanted to help people. After completing the Lifeline course, I now feel I have the skills to ensure I can adequately listen, support and assist people by creating a safe non-judgmental space to help empower them”.
Liam says he would encourage people to speak up with they are feeling down.
“Often speaking up is the most daunting part of seeking help. There is always someone who can listen to you and who is willing to help.”
If you need support, encouragement or advice, please contact Bankstown Sports Salvation Army Chaplain Shane Mount on email@example.com or 9722 9888. This is a free and confidential service. Meetings can be face-to-face or via phone.