Life Matters fundraising to keep services going

Life Matters peer support volunteer Emma Welsh is hoping to continue helping others at the Hope...
Life Matters peer support volunteer Emma Welsh is hoping to continue helping others at the Hope Centre. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust is experiencing a "steep increase" in the number of people requesting help under Alert Level 2.

But fears it will be unable to keep the doors of its Hope Centre open to meet an increased need have prompted the organisation to this week launch the Life Matters Day Date fundraising campaign.

Life Matters general manager Corinda Taylor said residents who struggled through lockdown were emerging to seek help.

"It’s been huge. In the past couple of weeks, we have become increasingly busy.

"We’ve seen lots of people going through a variety of different issues at this time, particularly with job losses and economic hardships starting to sink in."

Ms Taylor said the centre could not continue to provide its services without ongoing donations and support.

"We’re grateful people are reaching out for help and want to continue doing what we do, but we can’t do that without support of our own."

The centre relied on grants and donations to operate its Albion Pl location.

Life Matters Day Date asked businesses, individuals and families to donate or sponsor a day of the Hope Centre.

Donors could pick a day of significance to sponsor, and allow the Hope Centre to continue for another day, Ms Taylor said.

"We’re anticipating more people will continue to come through our doors.

"A donation will give people at risk of suicide the opportunity to receive the support they need such as peer support, therapy and advocacy."

emma.perry@odt.co.nz

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