STAWELL - Disaster and emergency situations are not new to this region.
Many services are activated to assist people in times of crisis and make it safe, as was seen in the recent fires.
When everything is uncertain, it is good to know there is a listening ear available, and support in the form of Personal Support or Chaplaincy is provided at request by local Councils.
Working in conjunction with councils and other emergency services, the Victorian Council of Churches trains volunteers for this work. Personal Support Volunteers/Chaplains are drawn from the various faith communities of Victoria. These trained volunteers offer support which is personal and non-religious.
Training was held recently in Ararat. Volunteers were drawn from Amphitheatre, Ararat, Dadswells Bridge, Pomonal and Stawell.