National charity ChildLine is launching a new local service to help educate children about abuse and is looking for local volunteers to get involved.
The new ChildLine Schools Service aims to help nine to 11 year olds understand what abuse is, how to protect themselves from abuse and how to seek help if they need it. ChildLine, which is a service provided by the NSPCC, is looking for people in Kensington & Chelsea to volunteer to go into schools and deliver assemblies and workshops.
Ifeoma Williams, ChildLine Schools Service Area Coordinator explained: “We believe that every child has the right to be happy and safe. As part of our commitment to visit every school in the UK, our new Schools Service is working towards ensuring that every child understands what abuse is and how to protect themselves.
“But we can’t do this on our own and we need volunteers on a local level to work with us to help deliver this service. This vital work will educate children and reassure them that they’re not alone and help is available if they need it.
“Volunteers will work directly with the children, presenting assemblies and running interactive workshops. It’s an incredibly rewarding role which could make a significant impact on the lives of these young people. If you’re interested in getting involved we’d love to hear from you.”
All Schools Service volunteers must be aged 16 or over and ChildLine will provide training and support in the role. For more information or for an informal chat please call 07767 641 571 or 020 8803 0527, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.nspcc.org.uk/childlineschoolsservice.
You can also view a short online film, produced by the ChildLine Schools Service, on You Tube – just search for ‘volunteering for the ChildLine Schools Service’.
Ifeoma added: “We believe that the best way to teach children about how to spot abuse and where to get help is to reach them in schools and we need people in the local community to help us do just that.”