NSPCC – Speak Out, Stay Safe volunteers needed

Dear mummy, this year we vowed we would do more to help our local community so when we heard about the NSPCC’s Speak Out, Stay Safe programme we just had to help spread the word.

NSPCC Speak Out. Stay Safe

The NSPCC needs your help! They are looking for volunteers in Hampshire to help children Speak Out. Stay Safe. In 2015/16, the NSPCC’s Speak Out. Stay Safe programme was delivered to more than 11,000 children across Hampshire.

The charity’s schools safeguarding service uses specially trained volunteers to talk to primary school children about abuse.

In order to continue to expand on the number of primary schools visited across the county the charity is looking to recruit more volunteers.

Photography by Alex Grace. The children pictured are volunteers.

Photography by Alex Grace. The children pictured are volunteers.

With the help of mascot Buddy, the programme provides child-friendly, interactive assemblies for children aged 4-11 plus a one hour classroom workshop for children in Years 5 and 6.

Offered to schools at no cost, the service is designed to help children:

  • understand abuse in all its forms and recognise the signs of abuse
  • know how to protect themselves from all forms of abuse
  • know how to get help, and the sources of help available to them, including Childline.

The programme was launched in 2011 after research showed the majority of children who contact Childline are over 11 years of age. Many said that the abuse had begun years before they picked up the phone. The aim is to reach children potentially before abuse starts.

Photography by Tom Hull. The child pictured is a model

Photography by Tom Hull. The child pictured is a model.

Emma Aked, who runs the programme in Hampshire, said:

“The Speak Out, Stay Safe programme is enormously important as it gives children the language and confidence they need to talk about their worries, and the knowledge they need to keep themselves safe but the programme relies on dedicated volunteers to deliver the assemblies and workshops.

“Volunteering is a fantastic way to give something back whilst also learning new skills and meeting new people. The NSPCC, and our friendly team of volunteers, give you all the training and support you need to feel confident in your role.

“With a minimum commitment of as little as three morning or afternoon visits a month, you can give as much or as little time as you like.

“If you believe in the empowerment and protection of all children then this is your chance to equip a generation of children with the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse and neglect.”

A Speak Out. Stay Safe programme volunteer would need to be available to make two school visits a month, take part in an e-learning training module and attend a two-day training workshop.

Applications for the volunteer role in Hampshire close on Wednesday, 1 March.

To apply visit http://bit.ly/2hZHXdx

To arrange for the Speak Out. Stay Safe programme to visit your school, contact Emma Aked, Hampshire area coordinator, at emma.aked2@nspcc.org.uk or email janine.mcdonald@nspcc.org.uk

Do you know someone who has a couple of mornings or afternoons to spare? Please spread the word. Opportunities are available up and down the country.

Love Bella x

39 thoughts on “NSPCC – Speak Out, Stay Safe volunteers needed

  1. This would be such a meaningful and important program to volunteer for. I do hope they are able to get enough volunteers to increase the number of primary schools they are able to visit.

  2. This is such an important area to cover and I really hope the team get more people to sign up and help out, our children are the future we all need to protect them x

  3. I think this is a really good idea from NSPCC. Keeping kids safe is really important, especially them being able to tell someone about it. I’m not a fan of Childline, especially after what has come out in the last few years. The founder of it knew what was going on at the BBC and decided not to speak about it. It’s no wonder then many people think Childline was a front organization set up to filter out what victims were saying about high profile people abusing them x

  4. Sadly I don’t live in Hampshire or I would help out. What a fantastic campaign highlighting abuse , as someone who was abused as a child having a campaign like this would have helped stop the abuse sooner.

  5. This type of role is vitally important, and I admire any one that volunteers for it. The NSPCC does a wonderful job, but it is all the people that work within and have any supporting role that make it work. I hope it comes together, I’m at the total opposite end of the country, but can help spread the word.

  6. Great post – good on you for raising awareness about such a serious issue. Will def. look up similar initiatives in my area 🙂

  7. I didn’t know about this service so really interesting to find out. I’ve heard horror stories about child abuse so it’s amazing to raise awareness of it to prevent it from happening to more children.

  8. I think this is something so important the kids need to be aware of!! Well done for usig your blog as a platform for sharing this!

  9. I always admired the NSPCC when I was a child and always knew it was something I could turn to. Now as an adult I think it’s even more involved to help out even more, whether through donations or volunteering!

  10. This is a great post!
    Unfortunately I literally don’t have the time to do volunteer work right now, but it is definitely something I want to do a little later in life 🙂

    Dani x

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