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ChildLine Schools Service


Research undertaken by the NSPCC has shown that the majority of children who contact ChildLine for advice, information and support are over 11 years old.  However, we know that the majority of children on the child protection register are under the age of 11.

The ChildLine Schools Service focuses on primary school children, with a particular focus on 7-11 year olds.  Our aim is to visit every primary school in the UK at least every two years.  By focusing on our three main objectives as outlined below, we aim to reach every primary school in the UK and start a societal change that will bring about a long term reduction in child cruelty.

•  To ensure children have an understanding of abuse in all its forms, including bullying, and an ability to recognise the signs of abuse.
•  To ensure children know how to protect themselves from all forms of abuse.
•  To make them aware of how to get help and sources of help (including ChildLine).

How does it work?

The ChildLine Schools Service delivery model involves two stages of working with children.

The first stage is an assembly which covers:
•  definitions of all forms of abuse
•  places to go for help
•  introduction to ChildLine.

The second stage which happens approximately 1-2 weeks later is an interactive classroom-based workshop. This is our opportunity to work more closely with the children and reinforce the messages given in the assembly. We will ensure that head teachers / principals are briefed on the content of the delivery and teachers are present so that they can continue reinforcing the safeguarding messages with the children.

ChildLine Schools Service Programme Volunteer


To deliver the ChildLine Schools Service to primary school children, with a focus on  seven to 11 year olds, using the agreed Assembly Presentation and Classroom Workshop, in order to increase children’s understanding of abuse (including bullying), how to protect themselves and what help is available to them.

Main Activities:

•  Working in pairs to deliver 30 minute assemblies and  60 minute classroom sessions to children
•  Working within child protection guidelines (full training will be given)
•  Updating records on the IT system of the work that is completed
•  Staying in contact with the local Area Coordinator and other volunteers
•  Fitting the work in schools around other personal commitments
•  Achieving the minimum of delivering in ten schools per academic year (This may include 2-3 visits per school)
•  Meeting with Head Teachers and other school staff to talk about Schools Service and arrange dates / times for delivery of the Programme
•  Letting the Area Coordinator know what has been booked in
•  Taking part in regular training


Monday to Friday during academic term times and during the usual school day (9am – 3pm)

The ChildLine Schools Service requires a minimum commitment of deliveries into 10 schools over a twelve month period.

Personal attributes, experience and skills

Personal attributes
•  Support of ChildLine’s values (courage, respect, protect and trust)
•  An understanding of children’s issues
•  Belief in equality and the empowerment of children
•  Ability to work safely and with sensitivity within boundaries set out by the Schools Service
•  Self confidence

•  Being proactive with tasks that need doing, individually or with others
•  Experience of working with children (helpful but not essential)
•  Experience of talking to large and small groups of people (helpful but not essential)

•  Being able to communicate and engage with  children
•  Good communication and presentation skills
•  Being able to work as part of a team and individually
•  Basic IT skills – including use of and access to internet and email

Training and support

All volunteers will need to complete the initial assessed training for this role which will include 3 on-line modules and 2 ½  days face to face. After this volunteers will be provided with ongoing support and development by the local Area Coordinator and other volunteers who they will meet with on a regular basis.


NSPCC will provide expenses for public/transport and/or mileage costs incurred whilst undertaking training/delivery of the service.


Volunteers will work in local communities and must have access to private or public transport to get to schools

Safeguarding Checks

This volunteering role requires an enhanced criminal record check – these include Access N.I. check for Northern Ireland, Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check for Scotland and an Enhanced CRB check for England. Volunteers will be asked to provide all relevant documents for the NSPCC to carry out these checks.

If you would like more details or to apply for this opportunity please visit the NSPCC website


Young People with Eczema needed for Volunteer Role

Eczema Outreach Scotland is a brand new voluntary organisation that serves families, children and young people with eczema.  We have just launched a youth project for 8-18 year olds called the XYZone (x for the x in eczema that doesn’t exist!) We will be sending out new posters and flyers to all youth organisations in Scotland.

I have listed our volunteering role on the Volunteer Development Scotland website but wanted to write out to all the volunteer centres and third-sector organisations around the whole of Scotland.

As part of the youth project we are also setting up a volunteer scheme which will encourage 8-18 year olds to be Ambassadors of their condition.  This will link in with other national awards (Saltire and Duke of Edinburgh) but also will incorporate our own awards and incentives.

Some of the volunteering roles will be scrapbooking about their thoughts and feelings, giving tips on our website, making a Youtube clip about living with eczema, buddying, assisting at our local events – and a lot more!   We have a budget to assist with costs.

If you know of any young people who are interested in volunteering AND have eczema then please could you email or phone me on 07934672593 or 01506 840395 Our website is

Blarbuie Woodlands Seeking Volunteers for Management Board

Blarbuie Woodlands, Lochgilphead: Beautiful, inspiring, tranquil, healing and accessible.

The woodlands were planted in Victorian times as part of the santuary of Argyll and Bute Hospital. Unfortunately they became neglected and impassable and work to restore them began in 2004. By 2007, the woodlands reopened as a public park with greatly improved interpretation and all-abilities access.

To ensure the future and continued development of the Woodlands, we are seeking new members to join the Management Board.

The Blarbuie Woodlands Board is made up of volunteers with wide ranging skills and abilities that allow them to oversee the running of the Woodlands and the volunteers, whilst working closely with the organisation to ensure that the Woodlands delivers it’s vision for the future.

We are seeking individuals with a range of skills: People Management, Event Management, Marketing, Woodland Experience, Natural History Knowledge etc, to continue the great work that has been tarted and to continue to raise awareness and accessibility of the Woodlands in Lochgilphead.

For more information contact Jess Grant on 01546 602701 or

Visit the website:


RSPB Volunteers

Do you love nature and have a few hours to spare every month? We are looking for friendly and motivated volunteers to place and manage five pin badges boxes in shops and busy locations within their community. Our enamel badges depicting a large range of wildlife are extremely popular and as a badge box minder, you could potentially raise £1,000 for nature conservation in a year. You will receive appropriate training, equipment and friendly support. If you would like more information, please contact AVA Oban office on 01631 564839.

Argyll talking newspapers are a wonderful project based in Ardrishaig.

They are looking for someone who is good at IT to give them a hand – or a few people! The system needs occasional updating and maintenance. The users sometimes have trouble with their boxes and either need someone to explain how to work it, or fix them. If this is up your street, please get in touch with Antonia on 01546 606808 or email

Join Argyll Voluntary Action Board

AVA’s Board of Trustees is made up of volunteers with wide ranging skills that allow them to oversee the running of the organisation. The Board of Trustees leads the strategic direction of the organisation, works closely with the CEO and all the staff and makes sure that AVA delivers it’s vision and mission.

Will you be a Trustee of AVA?

We are looking for more Trustees to join our Board and would like to talk to anyone who has life skills or experience that would be valuable to Argyll Voluntary Action (AVA).

Why join us?

  • Contribute to your community
  • Share your knowledge and skills
  • Have fun – laughter is a part of all our meetings
  • Shape the future of our organisation and the 3d sector
  • Share our vision of a thriving voluntary sector
  • Support the charity that supports all of Argyll & Bute’s charities

Decided to ask for information – what next?

  • We will arrange for you to talk to some of our Trustees
  • We will ask you to attend a couple of meetings as an observer
  • When you are ready we will go through our Trustee/Committee induction process with you
  • Development is an important part of our commitment to ALL our volunteers and forms part of every Board meeting.

More information

Ring: Margaret Jacobsen 01546 606914 or email

Glenn Heritage 01631 564839 or email

Visit our website:

Reg Charity No.SCO29947 Company No 277345

Make a difference to Families with children under 5 in Argyll & Bute

Home Start MAJIK are looking for Trustees  

Home Start recruits and trains enthusiastic volunteers who provide emotional and practical support and friendship to families usually in their own homes when they need it. We support in Argyll and Bute and cover Mid Argyll, Jura, Islay, Tarbert, Lochgilphead, Cowal and Bute

This is a fabulous opportunity for you to really make a difference, whilst using your existing skills, or learning new ones, meeting like minded people and having some fun too. We are looking to recruit people with life skills and an enthusiasm to become involved and be passionate about our service. Our Treasurer vacancy is currently empty if anyone feels they have a particular interest or skills in that area.

All out of pocket expenses are paid and currently we meet once a month in Tighnabruiagh.

For more details contact:

Dee Hancock, Senior Co-ordinator, Home-Start Majik, the Aqualibrium, Kinloch Road, Campbeltown, PA28 6EG

Office 01586 551140, Mobile 07887 511 022

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