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News : Lifeline Granted a Subvention by Government
Scarborough, Trinidad and Tobago, April 23, 2015 -- Lifeline - a 24-hour hotline - has been granted a subvention by Government for a period of one year.
The hotline, a volunteer programme which provides a friendly ear to the depressed or persons with suicidal thoughts, has been functioning for 38 years.
Minister of the People, Christine Newallo-Hosein, announced yesterday that Cabinet approved the subvention for one year effective October 1, 2014.
The establishment of two more hotlines, a contact centre for the public service, and 211 service for requests from regional corporations, were announced at the post-Cabinet media briefing in San Fernando yesterday.
Newallo-Hosein said: "Today Cabinet approved a subvention to Lifeline, 24-hour hotline programme. The Government is mindful of recent reports of the operations of the Lifeline hotline which is a volunteer programme that offers a friendly ear to people who maybe depressed or have suicidal thoughts. The programme has been functioning for 38 years and and also conducts schools’ outreach programmes. Lifeline provides a critical service to help persons who may feel as though they have no one to turn to for help."
She said the Ministry of Gender, Youth and Child Development will collaborate with the Lifeline regarding support and assistance with outreach services provided to the Youth Training Centre (YTC) and to schools through the Student Outreach Programme (STOP).
Local Government Minister, Marlene Coudray, announced that Cabinet agreed to the establishment and the implementation of a 2-1-1 information and technology and ICT platform to enable the 14 municipal corporations to respond to online real time services requests from citizens.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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