Award to LESZ, Hungarian member of IFOTES

Published by IFOTES on 23 December 2020

Award to LESZ

from the Volunteer Center Foundation in Hungary

Every year, the Volunteer Center Foundation in Hungary awards the country’s most outstanding volunteer programs. This year has brought further changes in the field of volunteering, due to the emergency of Covid-19. Among of the large number of applications received, a significant number concerned programs related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the category of volunteer programs implemented by NGOs or institutions, the winning organization has done an outstanding job in handling the emotional crisis caused by the COVID situation. 

The Volunteer Program of the Year Award was given to the Federation of the Hungarian Telephone Emergency Services, which continues its activities with volunteers from 17 Hungarian member helplines and 7 Hungarian-language partner helplines operating in Hungary and abroad, observing the principles of volunteering, anonymity and confidentiality. The purpose of the organization is to manage crises, support mental well-being and prevent suicide. 

After an initial avialability of 108 hours a week, due to the increasing number of calls, from 1 July 2020 the association has made the phone number 80-810-600 available to callers every day 24 hours.

Short video about the winner