ChildLine, the 24 hour helpline for children and young people, is celebrating the fifth anniversary of the opening of its base in Foyle.
Volunteer counsellors at the base, which is located at Queen’s Quay in the Cityside, have had 24,853 counselling interactions with young people since its opening in June of 2007.
When the base opened, there were 1,929 counselling interactions in the first year. Five years on, local counselling volunteers give support and advice to an average of 597 young people from across the UK every month.
Elaine Chalmers, ChildLine area manager, said: “We are delighted to be able to celebrate five years of ChildLine in Foyle, along with all the volunteers and local people who have given so much to the service. The service has gone from strength to strength over the last five years, and it’s all thanks to hard work from our staff, volunteers and the support of the local community.
“The base in Foyle has given us a vital extra presence in Northern Ireland and means that we can respond to many more children and young people who call us for advice and support.”
The Education Minister for Northern Ireland, John O’Dowd said: “ChildLine offers a unique service to children and young people who have no one else to turn to, enabling them to explore the issues that affect their lives and influence their wellbeing. I am pleased that support from the Department of Education helps fund this important service in Foyle.
“I would like to extend my congratulations to all the volunteers and staff in the Foyle base for their hard work and commitment over the last five years.”
The Foyle ChildLine base is always on the look out for volunteers, both counsellors and switchboard operators. Local people who are interested should call 02074567770 for more details.