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NSPCC – Volunteers required in Thurrock

YOUR local NSPCC is calling for enthusiastic, creative and determined individuals to help them protect children and young people from abuse and neglect. 

Around 90% of NSPCC and Childline income comes from donations and despite restrictions brought on by the pandemic, the charity has continued to still be here for children. 

Now, in December, the charity is seeking new volunteers to support our work and ensure we continue to be here for those who need us during Christmas, 2021 and beyond.

We know that throughout this pandemic children and young people have been the hidden victims, and recent Childline data shows that from March to September our counsellors delivered over 43,000 counselling sessions to children struggling with mental health relating to the pandemic. 

This continues to be the most common concern for young people getting in contact with us.

During Christmas, the NSPCC will be here for children everywhere. Protecting them from abuse and supporting them when they feel they have nowhere else to turn. And throughout the festive season, and into the new year, the UK’s leading child protection charity is urging individuals and groups in Essex to sign up, and support this work with their own fundraising ideas.

Craft O’Clock is just one NSPCC fundraising idea taking place in December. The initiative calls on all knitters, painters, upcyclers and everyone who loves to get crafty and asks them to create items to sell for donations. There are loads of other ideas centred around this creative fundraising venture and more information can be found online. 

For children facing abuse, the days are hard. But the long winter nights can be the longest, loneliest hours of all. Children need to know that we’re here for them, even on the darkest days. On 21 December, join the NSPCC and walk for every childhood. If you’re unable to commit to this date, you can pick one that’s more convenient for you and your group. 

Sarah Laffling, Community Fundraising Manager for Essex, said: “We currently live in a time where there is still an unprecedented number of children and young people suffering from abuse, neglect, online grooming and bullying and although figures from local police forces and our own statistics have revealed some of the reality there are still children suffering in hidden corners.

“It’s time for us to work together and rebuild our society so it’s better for our children. With your help, we can combat child abuse and create a better and safer world for the next generation –  Because no child should be left to cope alone. We are here for children and you can be too by joining us today.” 

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