History

Nov 1976

First meeting of the ten (10) founding members

May 1977

Meeting with Chad Varah, founder of the Samaritans, UK

Sep 1977

Organisation named – Lifeline

Nov 1977

First preparation class of 100 participants

June 1978

Offered 12-hour daily listening service from Curepe

March1979

First appearance of the charity filler in The Express

June 1980

Registration of Lifeline as a charitable organization

March1985

Extension of the service to 24 hours daily

June 1985

Lifeline acquires its own phone – 645 2800

Sept 1988

The Rt. Hon. Clinton Bernard, TC, becomes Lifeline’s first Patron

Oct 1988

Lifeline relocated to larger offices in St Joseph

April 1992

Further expansion to 79, Eastern Main Road, St Augustine

May 1993

Telephone service increased to three (3) lines. Centre renovated to provide operations and listening rooms.

June 1993

Hosted the first International Conference on “Violence, Self and the Young Male: A Regional Policy.

Oct 1994

Printing of the proceedings of the conference “Violence,

Self and the Young Male”

March1995

Launched Lifeline’s Outreach to Young Males 11-14 years

April 1995

Relocated to Sellier Street, St Augustine

May 1995

Violence, Self and the Young Male II: - Effective Strategies to Counter Young Male Violence

July 1995

Hosted a two-day seminar “A Time to Listen” for Organisations to listen to Youths from the Youth Training Centre (YTC) and St Michael’s Home

3-week residential workshop for Youth at Risk

May 1996

Outreach to Young Males 11-14 at YTC

Nov 1996

UNESCO approved funding for Outreach to Violent Young Males

Nov 1997

Zalayhar Hassanali – Former First Lady of Trinidad and Tobago and Baroness Scotland of Asthal, Q.C. become joint patrons

Nov 1997

“Violence, Self & the Young Male III: Policies that work simultaneously on the Political, Administrative & Face-to-Face Levels”

May 1999

IDB through the Community Development Fund approved funding for Outreach to Youth on Remand at YTC

May 2000

British High Commission assists Lifeline’s Outreach Programme

Dec 2000

Republic Bank approves stamp mortgage for Lifeline’s first permanent Centre

Sept 2001

Violence, Self & the Young Male IV: Building Partnerships, Implementing Policy

Nov 2001

Fernandes Trust assists Lifeline’s Outreach Programme

Jan 2002

Community Outreach: Meeting Families at High Risk of Being Victims or Perpetrators of Violence where they as they are in the Community

Mar 2003

The Kevin Fund: Support for Lads Released from YTC

Student Outreach Programme (STOP): An integrated programme

for students at high risk of violence, working with their parents,

teachers and concerned community members

Dec 2007

Lifeline services expanded to contact by e-mail: moya@ttlifeline.net

Dec 2010

Ministry of Social Development . Subvention to fund the Helpline and Outreach Programmes.

March 2015

Ministry of Social Development. Subvention for 6 months which funded only the Helpline.

June 2017

Expansion to 24 hours a day. Toll free lines from TSTT (800 5588) and Digicel (231 2824). Flow to flow is free: 220 3636

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