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Childline Suicide & Self Harm Courses

On Monday 25 September, Childline Gibraltar held two training events on Suicide and Self Harm Awareness in the John Mackintosh Hall. The training events were given by two UK trainers from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).

One in three calls made to the Gibraltar-based Helpline concerns a mental health issue, with Self Harm the most common. The charity has also seen an increase in contacts made by young people experiencing suicidal thoughts.

The interactive training workshops, opened by the Minister for Health, Neil Costa, aimed to support the Helpline volunteers when responding to service users contacting Childline about mental health, suicide and self harm. The event was also attended by agencies such as the Samaritans, RGP and the Care Agency.

The event was sponsored by the The Parasol Foundation Trust. The Parasol Foundation Trust is a philanthropic trust established in 2004 in Gibraltar and is overseen by its principal benefactress, Ruth Parasol. For over 10 years the Trust has been giving to communities in Gibraltar, UK, Israel, India and the United States. To date, the Trust has committed over £20,000,000 on various educational, health, culture and heritage initiatives.
Ruth Parasol, principal benefactress of The Parasol Foundation Trust, says:

“Our time, success and fortune are borrowed. You can never give or appreciate enough, but every effort helps. Here, at The Parasol Foundation Trust, we enable change by supporting talented individuals and core centers of health and education, in order to create a better future for the next generation. Through education, cutting-edge technologies, advanced medical treatments and culture preservation, we hope to contribute to a better and brighter future.”

Ruth is considered to be one of the world’s wealthiest self-made women today. Following the immense, international success of her online gaming company and its IPO on the London Stock exchange in 2005, Ruth sold her remaining interests and dedicates her time to raising her children, philanthropy and to overseeing her international private investment office.”

Childline Vacancies | Expanding our team

We are looking to expand our team.
Childline Gibraltar is currently looking for a Duty Manager and Relief Duty Managers to join our team. This is a unique opportunity to join the largest children’s charity exclusively operating in Gibraltar.

DUTY MANAGER (Approx. 10 hours per week)

Our team of Duty Managers ensure that our Helpline and Live Chat services run every day and are the first port of call for our Helpline volunteers, providing daily support. This post entails covering evening and weekend shifts, 365 days a year on a rotational basis between the hours of 4pm – 9pm. Availability for some occasional daytime work and meetings is also required and additional duties will be allocated to ensure all of the charity’s services and events run smoothly.

For the full job specification, you can Click here

RELIEF DUTY MANAGERS (As and when required)

To supplement our permanent team and help with peaks and troughs, we are looking to have a team of Relief Duty Managers who can provide cover for planned and unplanned absences. Your main task will be to provide support to our Helpline volunteers during their shifts.

For the full job specification, you can Click here.

These posts entail covering evening and weekend shifts 365 days a year, as required, between the hours of 4.45pm – 9pm and attendance at a monthly team meeting.

All applicants should be highly organised and efficient individuals with knowledge and experience of Safeguarding Children. Successful candidates will be required to undergo our vetting procedures.

Essential skills:
• Flexible approach to work
• Ability to work independently
• Fluent English, ideally mother-tongue
• Excellent telephone manner
• Good communication and interpersonal skills
• Excellent administrative and I.T. skills.

To apply, please send CV and cover e-mail to:
merel.swarts@childline.gi
(Further information can also be obtained from this e-mail address)

Closing Date: Friday 1st September 2017

Gibraltar | A Very Big History About A Very Small Place

This great book, written by Robert Anes, is available at Imperial News Agency, Gibraltar Book Shop, Gibraltar Heritage Shop, Sacarello’s News Agents, Terry’s, Gibraltar Arts and Crafts and WH Smith at airport. It cost £11.99 and all profits are for Childline Gibraltar.

The book is a condensed introduction to Gibraltar’s colourful history from the creation of the Mediterranean Sea to 2016.

Suitable from the ages 10 to 100

 

 

Our new Licensed Facilitators of the “Time out for Parents” Positive Parenting courses

Childline is proud to announce that 12 people are now Licensed Facilitators of the “Time out for Parents” Positive Parenting courses.

These volunteers have been on a extensive 3-day course given by Pippa and Anne, from UK charity Care for the Family. Now the training has been completed, this wonderful group of people will help Childline to provide a variety of Positive Parenting courses in Gibraltar.

Childline supports Children’s Mental Health Week 2017

Press release

Childline Gibraltar is proud to support Children’s Mental Health Week 2017 (6-12 February).

The Week is hosted by children’s mental health charity Place2Be, who support pupils, families and teachers in schools across the UK. During the Week, Childline Gibraltar will be promoting awareness about children’s mental health issues and emotional difficulties via their social media pages and hosting an exhibition of competition entries submitted by local schoolchildren on the topic of mental health.

Echoing Dame Esther Rantzen’s words, a spokesperson for the local charity noted “We must not only understand how to encourage young people to speak about their unhappiness, and treat these conditions more effectively, but also face up to the reality that far too many of our children seem to be struggling alone and in despair. Those young people we speak to tell us that they cannot talk to anyone else, there is nobody in their lives to confide in, except Childline.”

The local charity’s statistics from last year show that a third of service users contacted them about a mental health issue, with a notable rise in calls on self-harm and from those experiencing suicidal thoughts.

If you would also like to get involved and support the campaign, Place2Be has created helpful advice and resources for parents and carers which you can find on their website: www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk or contact education@childline.gi.

Christmas Raffle 2016

Our Christmas Raffle 2016 is underway, below are a list of the wonderful prizes you can win. We will be out and about in the community over the next few weeks, so please buy a raffle ticket or two from our band of willing volunteers. Help us raise vital funds so that we can keep providing a valuable service to the community.READ MORE

Senior Duty Manager (20 hours pw)

We are seeking a highly organised and efficient individual to lead our team of Duty Managers, liaise with external stakeholders, report regularly to the Board of Trustees, and provide support and training to our volunteers.

Preference will be given to those applicants with a background in a caring profession and training and experience in Child Protection and Safeguarding Children. Previous experience of leading teams to desired goals is essential.

The post entails (part-time) weekday office cover as well as some evening and weekend shifts 365 days a year on a rotational basis between the hours of 5pm – 9pm, when our Telephone Helpline & Live Chat service is open. Availability for meetings and charity events is also required.

In return, you will have a senior position in one of Gibraltar’s leading charities and the opportunity to make a real difference in our quest to end cruelty to children in Gibraltar. We can offer flexibility and a friendly, passionate and dedicated team for you to lead. Salary is £12.00 per hour.

Applicants must have a very flexible approach to work, be prepared to work some overtime on a voluntary basis, have a clear telephone manner, good communication and interpersonal skills, an ability to work on their own initiative, and excellent administrative skills. A high level of spoken and written English is also essential.

Please apply by sending cover letter and CV to:

admin@childline.gi

Or by post to: Suite 522, Icom House, 1/5 Irish Town, Gibraltar.

Closing Date: Friday 23rd September 2016

International Volunteer Day 2016

To all of our amazing Volunteers,

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to say a special thank you for the voluntary hours you give to Childline Gibraltar. On International Volunteer Day, we celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism and we know that our charity would not function without the contribution that you all make in your own way.

In the last year alone, we have helped almost 400 people via our Helpline, almost 50 juveniles via our Appropriate Adult service and we’ve reached more than 2,000 young people through our various educational projects. All of this takes tremendous efforts and team work and it is thanks to all of you that we have been able to have such an impact within the Gibraltar community.

The other week, a young girl approached our Chocolate Tombola stall at the Convent Christmas Fair and bought a number of tickets with her pocket money. When the volunteers on the stall joked with her that she wouldn’t have any money left if she kept buying tickets, her response was that Childline had helped so many of her friends, so she wanted to help Childine. This is the reality we face – many children have come to depend on our services and we continue to strive to be there for anyone who needs us. Thanks to you, we are able to develop and expand knowing that we are supported by a passionate, dedicated group of individuals who share our vision to end cruelty to children in Gibraltar.

I take this opportunity to wish you and your families well over the holiday season and I look forward to meeting you all during 2017.

Thank you once again for making that difference.

Warmest regards

Jo Abergel
Chairperson