Naas-based company Transland Group Logistics, which is based in the Osberstown Business Park, last week made a donation to Teen-Line Ireland, which was the nominated recipient of their company charity donation for 2012.
Teenline is a voluntary organisation that runs a national free-phone helpline service, for teenagers who just want somebody to talk to.
The Tallaght-based organisation was set up by Maureen Bolger in 2006 after her son, Darren Bolger, committed suicide in on 6 April 2003 at the age of 16.
Maureen found that there were few facilities available to teenagers going through difficult times. After talking to young people she found that many teenagers felt that they were “too old for some helplines and too young for others”.
Teenline is there to listen to teenagers who are being bullied, self-harming, at risk of suicide or simply need somebody to listen to them.
“Talking is a sign of strength not weakness,” said Maureen. Teenline is completely confidential and non-judgmental and will not pass on any information about callers. Volunteers are trained to listen and will provide references to other organisations if a caller asks.
Teenline currently has 60 volunteers but are always looking for more. The more volunteers they have the more hours they can operate each day. All volunteers are properly trained.
On average Teenline answers 10000 calls every year, especially around exam times or when students are moving from primary to secondary school. To get involved visit the Teenline website at www.teenline.ie and fill out an application form. You must be over 21 to volunteer.
Although Teenline receives a small amount of funding from the HSE they rely heavily on donations and fund-raising. They would like to thank the Transland Group based in Naas for their support and for nominating Teenline as the Charity of the Year.
If you wish to contact Teenline call 1800 833 634. Its website is www.teenline.ie.