Give your time and get more than you bargained for
In a survey of volunteers with Childline, 77.2 per cent state an increase in confidence in their abilities and 64.9 per cent say they’ve had an increase in their own sense of self esteem. And 54.8 per cent say they’ve experienced an increase in their emotional well being.
ChildLine is looking for people in Swindon to offer their time to support children and young people as a schools service volunteer by visiting primary schools across the town to talk to children aged 9 to 11 about abuse, how to protect themselves and where to get help if they need it.
The Schools Service already has several volunteers but in order to protect a generation of children, one primary school at a time, ChildLine needs to recruit more volunteers.
As a ChildLine School Service volunteer, those signing up will spend up to half a day per week helping support the ambitious new programme which aims to prevent abuse before it starts by equipping children in every primary school, in every community of the UK, with the knowledge they need to act with confidence if they fear abuse.
Using a series of age-appropriate assemblies and interactive workshops, trained volunteers encourage children to recognise situations where they may need help and show them ways of accessing support. The Service has already visited children in a cross section of schools and has proved incredibly popular with children, teachers and parents.
Ninety nine per cent of schools across the UK who provided feedback in 2012/13 claimed that their pupils’ knowledge of child abuse and bullying was enhanced as a result, whilst 91 per cent stated that their pupils were now more aware of who to talk to if they felt unsafe.
ChildLine schools service coordinator Natalie explains, “When you have finished an assembly you feel like you have made 30 new friends, it’s great. The children are all brilliant and we have fun. It’s inspiring – you never tire of it.”
New volunteers receive expert ChildLine training and ongoing support to help them gain valuable skills in communicating with children.
For further information and details on how to apply, please go to www.nspcc.org.uk/childlinevolunteer.