logo Burngreave Messenger Issue 29 March 2003





Cruelty to children must stop. FULL STOP.
by Rob Smith

NSPCC Appeal for Volunteers

I went down to visit Joy Huculak in her office and she explained to me a little about the NSPCC's new drive to recruit independent volunteers as role models and child advocates.

Part of this initiative will be to recruit people representing the true diversity of young children living in the care of Sheffield's local authority homes and establishments.

"Many of the vulnerable children are from residential units across the city, others are in foster care," Joy explains, "What we need is local people reflecting the diversity of under represented cultures to help these young children address fears of alienation. We need to reach Burngreave people who have the time, true commitment and energy to become a volunteer. These vulnerable children need guidance, support and friendship."

This appeal is for people who can help build a trusting relationship with those who don't experience cultural belonging, who lack confidence and self esteem. All expenses and full training accredited by the Open College Network are both sponsored by the NSPCC.


Visitor Scheme

If you are 18 years and over and feel you could get on well with children/young people of 5 to 18 years old who are being 'looked after' by the local authority, then being an independent visitor volunteer might be for you.

The role is befriending, listening and taking out a 'looked after' child/young person at least once per month.

You will be given accredited training and regular supervision to help you develop in your role.

If you would like more information please contact:
Joy Huculak on 228 9208
or Shelly Marsh on 228 9253
N.S.P.C.C. Cruelty to children must stop. FULL STOP.