Some people were asking for volunteers for the Youth Delta. I signed up not really giving it much thought. So imagine my surprise when I got a call to interview for ChildLine some time after. It was scary, the thought of helping someone over the phone. What if the first call you got was about rape?! Maybe it was the training, maybe because I was more mature and more ready, maybe it was a combination, but somehow I wasn’t scared for my first day on the line. I handled things with a surprising calm and ease, it was almost surreal. I’ve grown so much from being a part of ChildLine. I’ve learned that our young people are hurting. I’ve learned that I am in no position to judge anyone; I’ve learned patience and selflessness. I’ve developed a sense of calm in the face of some very surprising disclosures from hurting children. I’ve learned to care more and I have a greater awareness for the role adults play in the lives of our youth. I’m a better person because of what I do. Being part of ChildLine is part of my life now. It’s a weekly commitment I’ve made. I wouldn’t change a thing and I’ll answer the call as long as the phone rings.
ChildLine Listener, Age 27
Occupation – Administrative Assistant