Time is precious! use yours to do something that’s really important.
Volunteering is certainly one of the most challenging and demanding ways to take action against child abuse, but it is also one of the most satisfying and rewarding.
Not only does volunteering give you a chance to directly (in some cases) help children, but it also is beneficial to the volunteer in so many ways. It can help you to develop self-esteem, self-confidence and other skills you may not realise you posses. It looks amazing to prospective employers on a CV and can earn you life-long qualifications, but ultimately, it can be a truly life-enhancing experience and the sense of achievement you can feel when you see the effects of your work in practise is priceless.
If you are passionate about ending child abuse, if you have some spare time and can commit to a challenge, volunteering for a children’s charity may be for you. There are many different roles you could consider, from volunteering to work directly with children, either as a support worker or a counsellor, or working in an office or charity shop, to building schools and community centres in the developing world. There really is a volunteering role for everyone.
If you’re thinking about volunteering and you’d like more information, these links might help to get you started on your journey (and P.S, you’re amazing!)!
GENERAL VOLUNTEERING INFORMATION
- http://www.do-it.org.uk – Search through one million opportunities to volunteer and apply online.
- http://www.volunteering.org.uk – Volunteering England is an independent charity and membership organisation, committed to supporting, enabling and celebrating volunteering in all its diversity.
- http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/homeandcommunity/gettinginvolvedinyourcommunity/volunteering/index.htm – Information from the government about volunteering within your community, how to find organisations that need volunteers and your rights as a volunteer.
INFORMATION ON VOLUNTEERING FOR THE MAJOR CHILDREN’S CHARITIES
- HomeStart Provide an invaluable service to struggling families, by providing practical and direct support. The can only do this because people LIKE YOU volunteer. See here for information: http://www.home-start.org.uk
- ChildLine urgently need more volunteers to speak to children and young people on their helpline. Currently, the NSPCC can only answer two-thirds of the 2.3 million calls they receive each year. They need to recruit enough volunteers to ensure every child’s call for help is answered: http://www.nspcc.org.uk/getinvolved/volunteer/childline/childlinevolunteering_wda56391.html
- In many ways volunteers are the lifeblood of the NSPCC. Giving your time, skills and creativity can make an amazing difference: http://www.nspcc.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer-your-time/volunteer-your-time-hub_wdh72793.html
- Each year, over 20,000 supporters give up their time and energy to ensure that children are respected, valued and heard, by volunteering with The Children’s Society. Could you join them? http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/what-you-can-do/volunteer
- By volunteering with Action for Children you will make a real difference to the lives of the most vulnerable and neglected children and young people: http://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer
- With Banardos, you can volunteer directly with children and young people, in shops or offices, or by raising vital funds. Depending on your interests and skills, they can make sure that you find the right volunteering opportunity to suit you. http://www.barnardos.org.uk/get_involved/volunteering.htm
- Whatever your background, and however you help, you’ll find that volunteering for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity is rewarding and fun: http://www.gosh.org/gen/about-us/work-for-us/volunteers/
- Volunteers are an integral part of Save the Children. Working as one team, they combine skills and experience to create positive change for children: http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer
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