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NSPCC Volunteers Head To National Eisteddfod

They want to inspire new faces to help charity.

Visitors to the National Eisteddfod in Conwy will have the opportunity to find out how the NSPCC helps thousands of children in Wales every year and also how to get involved with the leading child protection charity.

Staff and volunteers from NSPCC Cymru/Wales will be on the Maes in Llanrwst all week to share their experiences working with the charity in schools and communities across the country.

The NSPCC has a number of opportunities for volunteers help in a variety of areas, such as visiting schools to deliver its ‘Speak Out, Stay Safe’ assemblies or listening to the concerns of children and young people through Childline.

The charity has an array of volunteering opportunities for people to help deliver its services in Welsh or English across Wales, including for counsellors and switchboard operators at Childline’s Prestatyn and Cardiff bases and for schools service volunteers in areas such as Pembrokeshire.

Debs Davis, the Childline service manager, said: “While the subject matter can sometimes be challenging, our volunteers see their roles as incredibly rewarding and know that they could be making a difference in the life of a child or young person.

“There are opportunities to volunteer with the NSPCC in a variety of different ways and across different areas of the charity, such as Childline or ‘Speak Out, Stay Safe’.

“We also have volunteering roles available right across Wales – from Conwy to Cardiff – and importantly in both Welsh and English.”

One of the ways in which volunteers help the charity across the nation by supporting staff members of the NSPCC’s ‘Speak Out, Stay Safe’ schools service assemblies and workshops.

‘Speak Out, Stay Safe’ sees primary school children taught by staff and volunteers, assisted by NSPCC speech bubble mascot Buddy, to speak out if they are worried – either to a trusted adult or Childline.

During the workshops, year five and six students take part in engaging activities to explore definitions of abuse in more detail.

Launched in 2011, children at more than 1,500 schools in Wales have so far received visits with more than 300 taking place this academic year alone.

This has allowed the NSPCC to talk directly to almost 55,000 schoolchildren, in Welsh and English, about the importance of speaking out and staying safe.

The service is entirely funded through fundraising activities for the NSPCC, and is offered to schools at no cost.

Founded in 1986 by Dame Esther Rantzen, the NSPCC’s Childline service has two of its 12 centres in Wales - in Prestatyn and Cardiff – and volunteers at the two bases have helped hundreds of thousands of children with issues including bullying, abuse and self-harm.

Last year (2017-18) alone, Childline staff and volunteers carried out 8,373 counselling sessions with young people contacting them from Wales  with the three most frequent concerns mental and emotional health (2,108 counselling sessions), family relationships (846) and suicidal thoughts (799).

Des Mannion, the head of NSPCC Cymru/Wales, said: “Our volunteers do amazing work with us and without them, we would not be able to fight for every childhood in Wales.

“The best way to find out about joining us is to speak to current volunteers about their roles and learn how they support children and young people and help keep them safe.”

For details on the 'Speak Out, Stay Safe' service, including how to volunteer, visit learning.nspcc.org.uk/services/speak-out-stay-safe.

To find out about the opportunities available through Childline, go to https://join-us.nspcc.org.uk/volunteers/vacancy/find/results/.

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