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NSPCC Volunteer Appeal

Sarah Lambley NSPCC Fundraising Manager for Cambridgeshire discusses the benefits of volunteering for the charity.

You’ll have heard people saying this a lot – but where did 2019 go?

Time just rushes past so quickly and we wonder where to go or what to do next. January is all about new beginnings and whilst some of us may flock to the treadmills and cross-trainers of our local gym, eager to turn over a new leaf after the over-indulgence that December usually brings. Some of us may look to giving back to our community by making a difference to young lives – if this is you, read on.

Speak Out, Stay Safe

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In Cambridgeshire, last year the NSPCC taught 28,260 primary school children to recognise the signs of abuse with its Speak Out, Stay Safe scheme.

This campaign teaches children, in an age-appropriate way, what the different types of abuse are and who they can speak to if they have any worries or concerns.

We have reached over 87% of schools in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and our aim is to make it to 100% and continue our work as more children reach school age.

Volunteers Needed

Speak Out, Stay Safe isn’t possible without the aid of our trained volunteers who work alongside Buddy, our speech bubble mascot, to educate children interactively and empower them to speak out if something isn’t right.

Whilst the training is in-depth, volunteers are only expected to deliver the assembly at a minimum of two days a month.

Help to protect children

By doing this, you’ll be protecting a generation of children from abuse and neglect by empowering them to understand what is right and wrong and how they can get help from trusted adults or Childline.

Signing up is a very rewarding experience, but it’s a big commitment – there will be a lot of training involved, safeguarding checks, including an enhanced criminal record check, plus you will also need two references.

Do you fit the requirements?

Whilst this role would suit many different people, the NSPCC is looking for the following qualities and experiences:

  • Passionate about helping young people and children
  • Great communication skills
  • Empathetic and perceptive
  • Sensitive and supportive
  • Able to think on your feet
  • Works well within a team
  • Basic IT and email skills

Training Provided

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When you sign up to volunteer with us you’ll get loads of initial training, practise sessions, home study and multiple visits to schools to help you learn assembly and workshop skills.

You’ll learn new skills and gain new experiences whilst obtaining recognition for your efforts, this will make a difference to children in Cambridgeshire as you train and work alongside a team of likeminded people.

Join the fight for every childhood

Volunteer today and join our fight for every childhood. Together we can protect children and prevent abuse.

There are a lot of other ways you can give your time to make a difference including fundraising for us, joining one of our groups, organising an event or taking part in a challenge.

For further information and to sign up visit www.nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do/volunteering-nspcc-childline then scroll through the Speak Out, Stay Safe or fundraising volunteer role descriptions and select the one most convenient to your location.

10 Comments

  • Hayley McLean

    January 13, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    Thank you for drawing my attention to this, I hadn’t heard about this campaign and I’d really like to get involved.

    1. Sabina Green

      January 13, 2020 at 9:23 pm

      It’s very worthwhile, one of my friends does this and finds it very fulfilling.

  • Kara Guppy

    January 13, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    Such a great charity to support. It is only since moving to working in the childcare sector that I realise how vunerable some children are

    1. Sabina Green

      January 13, 2020 at 9:18 pm

      Yes I know what you mean, I worked in child protection for a while and it was very upsetting.

  • Lyndsey O’Halloran

    January 14, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    Such a good charity to support. Definitely one worth helping.

    1. Sabina Green

      January 14, 2020 at 9:17 pm

      I couldn’t agree more x

  • Laura Schwormstedt

    January 15, 2020 at 2:17 am

    This is such a fantastic charity and I really wish I had more time to volunteer towards these type of charities

    Laura x

    1. Sabina Green

      January 17, 2020 at 12:46 pm

      It is one of the charities that we support on a regular basis x

  • Karen Reekie

    January 18, 2020 at 9:34 am

    A very important and worthy cause to support and I hope they manage to recruit lots of people for it.

    1. Sabina Green

      January 21, 2020 at 2:40 pm

      I couldn’t agree with you more x

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