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NSPCC calls for new Essex volunteers to make a difference to children's lives

The leading UK Children's charity is asking people to consider volunteering for them to make positive impacts on children's lives in the county.

Essex's NSPCC is recruiting new members for its schools' service and fundraising branches in the first months of the year.

The charity's school service, Speak Out Stay Safe, involves visiting primary schools to teach children to recognise abuse and neglect through age-appropriate safeguarding assemblies and workshops. 

Young people are taught to speak to a trusted adult or Childline if they have any worries.

Julie Hilton, NSPCC Schools Service Manager, said: "I really admire that our volunteers give up their time to make a difference to the lives of children.

"We have had children who have spoken out about abuse as a direct result of our volunteers going into schools delivering the programme.

"It is so rewarding for the volunteers to know they have directly helped a child, and we give every one of them excellent training so they know how to manage these situations."

Opportunities to volunteer as a fundraiser for the NSPCC as part of one of the charity’s many local fundraising groups are also available.

There are over 1,000 groups of fundraising volunteers and small businesses, working in their local areas across the country, raising money to help the charity improve every childhood that needs it. 

Sarah Laffling, Community Fundraising Manager for Essex, said: "We rely on the public for 90 per cent of our funding so we can continue our life-changing child protection work.

"Our volunteer fundraisers are heroes, and without them we simply couldn't do the work we do.

"If you’ve been thinking about fundraising for the NSPCC, now is your chance to get involved and help us reach and protect children in crisis."

To find out about opportunities at fundraising groups in your area and to get involved, email East@nspcc.org.uk or call 0203 763 2302.

Or to find out about volunteering for the NSPCC’s Schools Service and to apply, visit their website.  

Image from NSPCC.

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