ChildLine appeals for Buchan support

ChildLine is encouraging people from the Buchan area to make a real difference in the New Year and volunteer to help vulnerable children.

New research has found that volunteering for ChildLine benefits the volunteer too and has a positive personal impact

ChildLine has released figures that show that it’s not just children who benefit, volunteers get more than they bargained for as a result of volunteering, with 77.2% stating an increase in confidence in their abilities and 64.9% saying they’ve had an increase in their own sense of self esteem.

Over half (54.8%), have seen an increase in their emotional well being.

The findings are being announced by ChildLine as it launches its New Year’s Resolution campaign, which is asking for people across Aberdeenshire to make a resolution that counts and offer their time to support children and young people through the ChildLine Schools Service in their local community.

New volunteers receive expert ChildLine training and ongoing support to help them gain valuable skills in communicating with children.

Area Coordinator for the Schools Service in north Aberdeenshire, Linda Robertson, said: “We’ve known that volunteering can be extremely rewarding, with many of our volunteers feeling a great sense of satisfaction that they’re making a difference to young people’s lives. Today’s findings help show that as well as giving something back, our volunteers get something from the experience and we’re hoping we can encourage more to sign up with us this New Year.

“By volunteering for ChildLine you could help children understand what abuse is, giving them the confidence to talk about it, the knowledge to prevent it and the courage to find help if they ever need it.”

A ChildLine Schools Service volunteer, added: “You hear so many horror stories these days of children suffering without anybody knowing what’s happening to them. Without the schools service, children might continue to try to cope with abuse alone. It’s so good to know that just by speaking to the children, I’ve given those that are suffering the information and confidence to speak out. That’s the first step to making it stop”.

For further information and details on how to apply, please go to www.nspcc.org.uk/childlineschoolsservice.