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Community Crisis Response Team seeking volunteers

Catriona McMahon, Naomi Healy and Kayla Cooley, Community Crisis Response Team, Limerick.

Volunteers are being sought by The Community Crisis Response Team to aid those who are suicidal and in distress in West Limerick.

The Community Crisis Response Team was set up in West Limerick in early February by Askeaton woman Caitríona McMahon and Kayla Cooley from Limerick with the aid of a donated phone and social media.

The organization, which has only been in operation for the past six months, runs a helpline from 5pm to 6am every night and a face to face service where two trained volunteers travel to meet the person in distress and stay with them until they are safe.


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The key principles of the service are to connect, listen and put the safe plan in place.

The organization also carry out community patrols visiting various communities around West Limerick throughout the week meeting locals and informing them of our service and offering an opportunity to talk.

Training will be given to new volunteers, however, applicants must be over 21 and have completed a SafeTalk and ASIST training.

It is vital for applicants to have a clean drivers license, be prepared to undergo garda vetting and commit to at least one shift per fortnight.

The organization, which begun with a mere four volunteers is expanding at a massive rate which can only benefit Limerick and reach even more people in need.

Due to fundraising by different committees around Limerick, travel expenses for all call outs will be paid for.

If you are interested in becoming a part of the team or finding out more information, call the information line or email [email protected].

Read more about The Community Crisis Response Team here.

Check out The Community Crisis Response Teams Facebook here.

Follow The Community Crisis Response Team on Twitter here.

Contact The Community Crisis Response Team directly here.

 

 

 

 

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