A children’s charity has made an appeal for volunteers from the Dungannon and South Tyrone area to help provide its service in local schools.
The NSPCC has told the TIMES it faces a major shortage of people willing to volunteer their time and skills to helping children and young people learn about how to protect themselves from abuse.
Lisa Norris, the charity’s Schools Service Area Co-Ordinator, works in schools throughout the Dungannon and Cookstown council areas.
She told the TIMES that the organisation would love to hear from anyone over the age of 18 from all walks of life.
“People who are of a caring nature, possibly retired, but also anyone who would like to develop their skills and add to their CV”, Lisa explained.
“Volunteers do not need any specific qualifications but they need to be available during school hours and have an interest in safeguarding children.”
The NSPCC’s Schools Service is delivered to primary six and seven children to help them understand how to protect themselves from abuse and where to get help if they need it.
Anyone who is interested in becoming a volunteer can apply online at www.nspcc.org.uk
“There will then be a face-to-face interview which is certainly not as daunting as it sounds”, Lisa continued, “and volunteers will receive training before going out to schools and will have the support of other volunteers until they are confident.”