Have you ever thought about volunteering with a charity in Bristol? The NSPCC has lots of different ways you can donate your time to help children in the city.
The charity relies on volunteers to continue their work with children and to raise the money needed for their vital services such as Childline and the Speak Out Stay Safe programme.
From going into schools to teach children about abuse, to organising fundraising events, there is something for everyone and people can donate as much time as they have available.
David Hynes has been a member of the Bristol Business Board for more than two years, helping to organise local NSPCC events. He has helped organise events including wine tasting, quizzes and a black tie ball.
He explains: “The Diamond and Pearl Ball last year was a great success to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Childline. It was fantastic to see so many people willing to support the charity with generous donations on the evening.
“Through the events I have been to I have listened to several brave children explain the impact that the NSPCC has had on their lives and how they have been helped through a difficult period by the expert guidance and comfort of the charity at the end of a phone or in person.
“The charity offers so many ways to support young people and I believe the school schemes are invaluable to spread the message of right and wrongs and the support that is available.”
Becky Evans volunteers with the Speak Out Stay Safe programme. She goes into primary schools to deliver assemblies and workshops to children aged between four and 11 to help them understand what abuse is and who they can talk to about it.
The mother-of-two said: “The assemblies and workshops are really well thought out and make the sessions fun and engaging for the children, whilst tackling some challenging issues.
“I really enjoy volunteering because I get to work with children across Bristol and hear their ideas.
“The programme is really important because it gives children the opportunity to talk and think about some sensitive issues. It is very practical and gives them clear, age appropriate information that will help them to keep them safe, encouraging them to talk to trusted adults about anything that is worrying them. It also gives them information about Childline, so they always have someone they can talk to.
“If someone was thinking about volunteering with the SOSS programme, I would say, if you want to do something that is challenging, fun and effective, do it! The area co-ordinators are really supportive and work with each volunteer individually; helping them to progress at a pace they are happy with. The children respond so well to the sessions, it is great to be a part of it.”
For more information on volunteering with the NSPCC go to: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do/volunteering-nspcc-childline/