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Speak out. Stay safe. volunteer

NSPCC Schools Service Volunteer

Reference number: ESVSLFB1

Role title: Speak out. Stay safe. volunteer

Location: Sussex

Time commitment: minimum of two school visits a month (plus initial training). Minimum commitment of 12 months. 

 

What we’re looking for

We need someone to help us protect a generation of children from abuse and neglect. As a Speak out. Stay safe. volunteer in Sussex you will visit primary schools to deliver Speak out. Stay safe. workshops and assemblies that teach children about the different types of abuse and how they can speak out and stay safe. 

 

What you’ll do

Our Speak out. Stay safe workshops and assemblies are age-appropriate and memorable and need an energetic and enthusiastic person to deliver them to primary school children as young as five. You'll work alongisde other Speak out. Stay safe. volunteers to make sure at the end of each session the children feel empowered and know who they can speak out to if they are worried. 

In some session's children may speak up and disclose abuse, so you will also be required to sensitively handle this and report any concerns you have about the child. But don't worry you'll get plenty of support and training on this. 

 

What you’ll get

When you volunteer with us, you'll get lots of initial training which includes practice sessions, home-study and multiple visits to schools to help you learn assembly and workshop materials. When y ou start delivering the sessions, support will be on offer from both your supervisor and other experienced volunteers.

You'll also get the opportunity to learn new skills, be a part of a friendly team of like-minded people and most importantly make a huge difference to children within your local area. 

 

What we’ll need from you

Signing up to be a school service volunteer, is a very rewarding but it's also a big commitment, which requires a lot of training and you will need to deliver a minimum of two school visits every month. 

 

We’ll also need to do some routine safeguarding checks, including an enhanced criminal record check and at least two satisfactory references with at least one covering a period of five years or more with no gaps. It’s nothing to worry about, and we can answer any questions you have about this.

 

Who’s right for the role?

While we think this role is suitable for a whole range of people, we are particularly looking for those with the following qualities and experience.

 

  • Passionate about helping young people and children
  • Great communication skills
  • Empathetic and perceptive
  • Sensitive and supportive
  • able to think on your feet
  • works well within a team

 

Interested in getting involved? Volunteer today and join our fight for every childhood.

 
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Location
Sussex
Brighton, Sussex, United Kingdom, BN1 1JA
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  • Location:
    Sussex
  • Department:
    NSPCC Schools Service
  • Vacancy Type:
    Voluntary
  • Closing Date:
    1 March 2020
 

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  • We’re giving a means, and an understanding for any child who is suffering abuse to find a way out of it.

    Harry – Schools Service

  • It feels rewarding – being able to spend a few hours being there for someone else. You don’t fully appreciate how powerful it is until you’re actually doing it. You just need to be willing to listen, and interested in helping young people. That’s it.

    Omar - Childline

  • You’ll get so much out of it. It’s so rewarding. If you love working with kids then go for it.

    Tino – Schools Service

  • It’s not only making a difference to their life, it’s making a difference to my life. We’re helping young people feel empowered. We’re giving them a space where they can open up without being judged.

    Atiyah – Childline

  • It’s been great to meet other volunteers with the same goal. It’s lovely knowing that I can help them understand how to stay safe.

    Maxine - Schools Service

  • I always leave feeling like I’ve made a difference. There’s always a queue of young people wanting to talk to a counsellor. That’s why it’s so important to have more people involved.

    Atiyah – Childline

  • The best thing is that I’m empowering children

    Pankaj – Schools Service

  • I felt it was right to give something back (to help young people). I feel a sense of fulfilment – I feel like I’m actually making a difference to children’s lives.

    David - Childline

  • We’re sharing really vital messages with children. I feel like I’m making a big difference. The children we speak to are actually safer for it. And that’s an amazing feeling.

    Ramon – Schools Service

  • The team is so inclusive and welcoming and the training was very interactive. It got me in the frame of mind of what it would be like being on shift, answering calls, counselling young people.

    Omar - Childline

  • There’s training involved. It’s in-depth – covering really important things like empathy and reflecting and how to support young people in the best possible way. The main part is being there for someone, showing that you care, believing them, trusting them and listening.

    Atiyah – Childline

  • You get all the advice and guidance you need in training and there will always be support for you.

    Susan – Childline

  • I get a sense of fulfilment for doing something outside of my day job.

    Emma - Schools Service

  • I wouldn’t have been volunteering for two years if I didn’t get so much fulfilment and purpose from it.

    Caitlin – Childline

  • It fits in with my free time perfectly.

    Tessa – Schools Service

  • What makes a good Childline volunteer? Listening, empathising, never judging. When a child’s built up the courage to reach out, there’s got to be someone ready to listen.

    Jatinder – Childline