Have you got what it takes to be a schools volunteer

ChildLine is looking for volunteers to deliver its new Schools Service throughout the Borders region. Photography by Jon Challicom, posed by models
ChildLine is looking for volunteers to deliver its new Schools Service throughout the Borders region. Photography by Jon Challicom, posed by models

ChildLine is asking volunteers across the Borders to go back to the classroom to help deliver the new ChildLine Schools Service.

The children’s charity is launching a brand new service for primary age children this term and needs volunteers to deliver group presentations and workshops in schools across the Borders region.

The new ChildLine Schools Service is aimed at primary age children, particularly focusing on 7-11 year-olds, and aims to help them understand what abuse is, how to protect themselves and how to seek help if they need it – including through ChildLine.

Working in partnership with the local authority, the service will be delivered to P6/7 pupils.

Tony Brown, area co-ordinator for the Schools Service in the Borders, said: “Volunteers are vital to the success of this new ChildLine service. This is a great opportunity for people to do something to help protect and educate children. We believe that teaching children about how to recognise abuse and where to get help will be easiest in a school setting and we need members of the local community to help us do so.

“Volunteers will work in pairs and will be given regular support, guidance and training by ChildLine to ensure they’re able to deliver the assemblies and workshops effectively. You will need to be available to volunteer for part of the day during usual schools hours (between 9am and 3pm) and must be able to commit to ChildLine for one academic year or equivalent.”

Volunteers must be 16 or over and ChildLine will provide all the relevant training and support required for the role.

For more information please contact Tony Brown on 01578 718942 or email abrown11@nspcc.org.uk.