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Call goes out for Kidsline buddies
By DANIELLE STREET
Giving back: Henry Wadsworth says being a Kidsline buddy has made him happier in life.
Photo: DANIELLE STREET
Doing this has changed my
life, it's made me a better
person on the inside
Becoming a teenage counsellor
changed Henry Wadsworth's life.
The 18-year-old became a phone
buddy for Kidsline about 18 months
ago and says it is hugely rewarding.
To be honest, it wasn't really a
thing old me would have done, but I
saw this little notice at school and I
thought I'd give it a go,'' he says.
Kidsline is the country's only call
centre that has kids helping kids --
every counsellor is a secondary
The volunteer counsellors answer
calls from young people up to the
age of 14, who face a myriad prob-
lems including bullying, family viol-
ence or relationship issues.
I feel that I am very privileged in
help kids less fortunate than me, in
an anonymous way,'' Henry says.
Doing this has changed my life,
it's made me a better person on the
inside and I'm happier in life.''
The service is looking for more
buddies to start on the phone lines
Year 11 students are recruited to
volunteer on the phone lines for two
Before answering calls they go
through intensive training over
summer and then receive ongoing
training during their time at Kids-
Resource team member Penny
Maxwell says having teen counsel-
lors helps reduce barriers that
might stop a young person calling.
One of the other reasons is that
because they have been recently
there it can make it a bit easier to
hear what the child's saying and not
just give a parental response,'' Miss
And also, sometimes for the cal-
lers, maybe they have tried talking
to adults, maybe it's kind of scary or
maybe it's an adult that's making
them feel this way.''
Visit kidsline.org.nz for more
information about how to get
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Edition to see one of the
Kidsline is holding a video
competition to encourage
young Kiwis to help express
themselves through colour.
Kids can upload a video up
to three minutes long on the
Kidsline YouTube channel of
themselves expressing the
colour of their feeling.
Chief executive Jo Denvir
says videos can include
dance, music, art or any
other creative expression.
''It's a neat way to show
kids that it's fun and OK to
show their feelings -- no
matter what colour or colours
they feel,'' she says.
Kids, parents and schools
can all get involved.
There are prizes up for
grabs and the school with the
most entries will receive
donated by HP New Zealand.
Entries close September 27.
Go to kidsline.org.nz for more
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