Volunteers needed to give school assemblies across the Fens for the NSPCC

Pam Pepper gives talk to schools across Fenland for the NSPCC Speak Out Stay Safe assemblies.More bo

Pam Pepper gives talk to schools across Fenland for the NSPCC Speak Out Stay Safe assemblies.More bolunteers are needed to give assemblies. - Credit: Archant

Volunteers are needed to give assemblies to school children across the Fens in a project spearheaded by the NSPCC.

The children’s charity is on the look-out for new volunteers to deliver its Speak Out Stay Safe assemblies and workshops to help children recognise and report abuse.

Pam is a retired civil servant who has been volunteering with the schools’ service for two years.

She said: “Giving children the language to explain things that happen to them, telling them it’s never a child’s fault if they experience abuse, and that there is someone who will listen, is all something I am very proud to be a part of.”

She added: “I hadn’t heard of Speak Out Stay Safe or the NSPCC’s schools service before, but I thought it sounded like such a good idea – telling children they have a voice and they can speak out about abuse is an incredible thing.

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“The training is very supportive and you can do things at your own pace. You aren’t pressured to deliver your first assembly quickly, you can wait until you feel ready.

“Initially, I wasn’t sure how such serious messages would be conveyed to children, but the thoughtful wording and interactive nature of the assemblies engages them in an age-appropriate way.

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“The topic is a serious one, but children go away having had fun and feeling uplifted, rather than frightened, by what they’ve learnt.”

Speak Out Stay Safe gives a generation of children the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse and neglect.

Michelle Newton, schools service area coordinator, said: “It is so rewarding for the volunteers to know they have directly helped a child, and we give every one of them excellent training so they know how to manage these situations.

“I really admire that the volunteers give up their time to make a difference to the lives of children.”

• Interviews for prospective volunteers are scheduled for Wednesday, August 22. To apply to become a volunteer, visit the NSPCC website at www.nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do/volunteering-nspcc-childline/volunteer-childline-schools-service

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