Agenzija Appogg has extended the deadine for applications for Supportline 179 volunteers. During 2012 16,677 calls were answered by Supportline 179 volunteers and over 200 families also benefited from the support provided by volunteers within the Programme Ulied Darna. All this is thanks to the dedication and commitment of a team of volunteers within Agenzija Appogg.
However, more volunteers are required and therefore the Agency is currently recruiting new volunteers to provide support within these services. The deadline has now been extended for applications to Monday, the 2nd of September.
Each year a number of volunteers dedicate their time to support children, families and vulnerable adults in need, who come in contact with the Foundation for Social Welfare Services. Supportline 179 is a 24-hour service, dealing with a wide range of presenting problems including domestic violence, child abuse, suicidal tendencies, loneliness, emotional difficulties, behavioural problems, substance abuse, and gambling, amongst others.
Currently there are 77 volunteers assisting this service, complementing a team of professionals. However, more volunteers are needed to contribute to this service, especially during night shifts and public holidays.
Programme Ulied Darna is another service offered by Agenzija Appogg which is supported by volunteers. It offers time, skills, friendship, information and practical help – such as working with parents on parental skills as well as other basic skills, such as budgeting skills, housekeeping skills and child care; assisting children with homework, and accompanying parents to appointments.
This is aimed to facilitate the life of families who are receiving other services from the Foundation for Social Welfare Services.
Currently there are 55 volunteers within Programm Ulied Darna. More are needed, especially but not exclusively, to provide transportation to children and families to important appointments.
Persons who want to make a difference and offer their service to children and families in need of support, may call on 2295 9000 during office hours or else visit www.appogg.gov.mt  for more information.
Application forms may downloaded from here  or collected from Agenzija Appogg and sent duly filled, to the attention of Svetlana Buttigieg, Agenzija Appogg, 36, St. Luke’s Road, G’Mangia, PTA 1318.
Professional training will be provided to all selected applicants.