New research has found that volunteering for ChildLine benefits the volunteer too and has a positive personal impact.
The charity 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 per cent stating an increase in confidence in their abilities and 64.9 per cent saying they’ve had an increase in their own sense of self esteem.
Over half (54.8 per cent), have seen an increase in their emotional well being.
The findings were announced by ChildLine as it launched its New Year’s Resolution campaign, which is asking for people across Angus 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.
ChildLine’s pioneering Schools Service aims to be in a position to visit every primary school in Scotland once every two years by 2016 to talk to children aged nine to 11 about abuse, how to protect themselves, and where to get help if they need it.
In order to protect a generation of children, one primary school at a time, ChildLine needs to recruit 200 volunteers to reach over 118,000 children across Scotland’s 2,154 primary schools by 2016 and to continue that programme for every generation year on year.
A ChildLine School Service volunteer will spend up to half a day per week helping support the ambitious new programme which aims to prevent abuse before it starts by equipping children with the knowledge they need to act with confidence if they fear abuse.
For further information and details on how to apply go to www.nspcc.org.uk/childlineschoolsservice.