A CHILDREN’s charity are looking for people to join two amazing volunteers in the Wirral and help teach children how to ‘Speak Out and Stay Safe’.
The NSPCC is looking for volunteers to commit to just a few hours each month and join the school service programme, which delivers assemblies and workshops to primary school children to give them the tools they need to stay safe from abuse and neglect.
Janet Swan and Caroline Knowles have both been volunteering for the NSPCC Schools Service, delivering Speak Out Stay Safe assemblies and workshops in the Wirral, for a number of years but they desperately need your help to reach even more children.
Caroline a retired teacher said: “Given the added worries and pressures that many young people face today, I thought volunteering for the NSPCC would be a rewarding and meaningful experience for me. However it is also a lot of fun and never boring as the children are guaranteed to give you responses you have never had before.”
Janet enjoys being part of a team and meeting new people she said: “It is such a rewarding thing to do and I know on a personal basis too that we are giving children good information so that should something happen the children know what to do and who to go to for help.”
Janet and Caroline along with their fellow volunteers in Merseyside have spoken to over 43,000 children through the NSPCC’s Speak Out Stay Safe programme in the past year.
For each of the primary schools they visit they present two slightly different assemblies – one for key stage one, and another for key stage two. This is so the children remember the most important message of all – if you feel upset, or worried, then you should always talk to an adult you trust.
It is hugely important to make sure the next generation are given the tools they need to help protect themselves against abuse, cruelty and neglect – but the NSPCC wouldn’t have been able to do this without the wonderful volunteers.
Helen O’Sullivan Merseyside Area Coordinator, NSPCC Schools Service said “Volunteers like Janet and Caroline make a massive difference to children’s lives, the support they offer children, schools and each other is invaluable and I couldn’t have asked for a better group of volunteers.”
“We really need your help particularly in the Wirral area and I look forward to expanding the Team by recruiting and training new volunteers over the summer period.”
If you are interested in volunteering, contact firstname.lastname@example.org