This year try a resolution offering real results – by helping us end child abuse

Karen Walker of the NSPCC, pictured at a previous fundraising drive
Karen Walker of the NSPCC, pictured at a previous fundraising drive

It’s the time of year when many of us make a long list of New Year resolutions – often to take up a new sport or diet to shift a few pounds.

Many people also resolve to take up a new hobby or even to contribute to the community through volunteering.

NSPCC Northern Ireland rely heavily on our volunteers to help local children stay safe from abuse. In the 2017/18 school year the NSPCC’s Schools Service reached well over 65,000 primary school children in more than 350 primary schools across Northern Ireland with our ‘Speak Out, Stay Safe’ workshops and assemblies – helping children to speak out about any worries they may have. The ‘Speak Out, Stay Safe’ programme is enormously important as it gives children the language and confidence they need to talk about their worries, and the knowledge they need to keep themselves safe. It’s such a vital service for young people that we are determined to make sure we can bring it to as many primary schools as possible – but we can’t do it without the help of volunteers. Can you help us?

Volunteering is a fantastic way to give something back whilst also learning new skills and meeting new people and the NSPCC and our friendly team of volunteers give you all the training and support you need to feel confident in your role. With a minimum commitment of three morning or afternoon visits a month, you can make a big difference to children.

It could be the most important resolution you will ever make.

For more information you can email me directly at karen.walker@nspcc.org.uk or visit the NSPCC volunteering page.

Karen Walker, Schools Services Manager, NSPCC Northern Ireland