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More volunteers needed to keep Wiltshire children safe from abuse

More volunteers needed to keep Wiltshire children safe from abuse

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 8:05am 27th December 2019.

3 minute read

The NSPCC is calling on people in the Salisbury area to help them deliver their Speak Out, Stay Safe programme.

The workshops and assemblies teach young people the signs of physical, sexual or emotional abuse to watch out for.

It shows them what to do if they're worried and encourages them to speak up to a trusted adult.

NSPCC home alone stock shot - Children pictured are models (credit Tom Hull Photography) (2)
The NSPCC is spreading their safety messages to young people across the country (picture by Tom Hull Photography, the child here is a model)

The charity's been out to 97% of Wiltshire's primary schools in the last academic year, speaking directly to more than 20,500 children aged 5 to 11.

But their figures suggest two pupils in every classroom have suffered some abuse or neglect.

The NSPCC is looking to reach EVERY primary age child in Wiltshire this school year.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The charity says they won't be able to achieve their goal of speaking to all of the county's children without getting more helpers coming forward.

They've said there's a particular need in the Salisbury area.

Every volunteer coming forward is given training by the NSPCC to deliver the assemblies and workshops.

NSPCC Speak Out Stay Safe campaign
Volunteers help to deliver the Speak Out Stay Safe programme on behalf of the NSPCC

Hilary Morton is a Speak Out, Stay Safe volunteer in Wiltshire and says it's a rewarding role: 

"I have enjoyed volunteering hugely because the children are always such good fun and I love seeing them get involved with the programme. I always come out from delivering an assembly feeling satisfied and with a smile on my face after I think about how well the children react to what we teach them. 

"Anyone can give it a go, the training is very good and there is a great network of support so you're never on your own." 

Kevin West from NSPCC Schools Service with Buddy (NSPCC)
The NSPCC's Kevin West with the Speak Out Stay Safe mascot, Buddy

Kevin West, the NSPCC's Schools Service Area Co-ordinator for Wiltshire said:

"Volunteering with the NSPCC's Schools Service means that you will have the opportunity to empower a generation of young people to speak out and stay safe from abuse. 

"The people who currently work within the programme are incredible, they all share a passion to protect children and find the work they do highly rewarding. I would encourage anyone to get in touch if they'd like to find out more."  

If you're interested in signing up to be a part of the scheme, you can contact the NSPCC by calling 0121 227 7577.

You can also email them on volunteerrecruitment@nspcc.org.uk

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