THE CHILDREN’S SOCIETY
IOFTEN tell people about the vital help The Children’s Society’s project workers offer vulnerable children across Greater Manchester.
Their support can make a real difference to children’s lives and last year we worked with more than 1,000 children and young people in the area.
However, behind much of our work we also have a dedicated army of volunteers, campaigners and supporters, who are passionate about what we do and want to help us help as many young people as possible.
For instance, our Rochdale Children’s Rights service is supported by volunteers called Independent Visitors, who offer extra long-term support to children in care and act as someone they can talk to – maybe over a coffee or on a trip to the cinema.
The volunteer mentors, who work with our Greater Manchester Missing Service, provide additional support to children who have already received our help having returned after running away from home or care. ●
We also have volunteers who support the weekly youth group run by our city region wide Hope refugee project, and help out with day trips and other social activities.
Many children tell us how important this support is to them and our volunteers find the experience hugely rewarding.
Most volunteers say they have also benefited personally from the experience, for reasons as varied as gaining new skills and confidence to feeling valued and making new friends. We have volunteering vacancies coming up across Greater Manchester for our missing from home and refugee services.
The roles are suitable for anyone over the age of 18, so if you’re interested and have some spare time – whether just a few hours a week or several days - please get in touch by emailing scm@childsoc. org.uk
Earlier in the year we were re-awarded the ‘Investing in Volunteers’ quality standard which means we are one of the top organisations to volunteer for and provide wonderful training, support and recognition for good work.
But there are also other ways in which you can support The Children’s Society.
Among the more than 1,100 people who give their time and energy for us in Greater Manchester, are also supporters who help us to raise vital funds – by assisting in our eight shops, for instance, or by supporting out annual Christingle appeal.
Others support our campaigns, for instance, by signing petitions, or writing to their MP to help us secure changes in policy which will make a positive difference to children’s lives.
And we have volunteer speakers who deliver talks to local groups and churches to raise awareness of our work.
They may have different roles, but these fantastic supporters have one thing in common – the appreciation of us all here at The Children’s Society. Without this vital support we would not be able to make the difference we do to the safety, happiness and well-being of so many vulnerable children, in Greater Manchester and beyond.
So if, you’re one of these unsung heroes, thank you.
Or, if you’ve not been involved with The Children’s Society previously but would like to find out more about how you can help us visit childrenssociety.org.uk/ what-you-can-do or call 0300 303 7000.