The NSPCC is an independent charity. It means we can push for change when others can’t, but it also means we rely on voluntary donations from the public.
We’re always finding new and innovative ways to raise money – from Big Board Game Day to Go Green for Halloween, marathon runners to bake sales – it all adds up to help continue to fight for every childhood.
Here’s how just some of the money raised can be spent:
- £25 could pay for a dolls house which children can use during counselling sessions to explain how they’re feeling
- £150 could pay for us to answer 30 calls from adults and parents who phone the NSPCC helpline when they are worried about a child
- £400 could pay for a Childline counsellor to answer 100 calls from children who need us
It was an NSPCC TV advert when I had my first child that made me realise that not all children get the start in life that they deserve.
I am now very proud and privileged to be the NSPCC community fundraising manager and know that together we can make a change to the lives of children not just in Gloucestershire, but everywhere.
We can work together as a community to make sure every child in our area is cared for in the way they should be.
Childline is there for children and young people whatever their worry, whenever they need us. Childline is now available by phone, email, live chat and an app.
A child contacts Childline every 25 seconds and, right now, we can only respond to three out of every four children who need our help. This 30 year old service is needed now more than ever.
Together we can answer every call to the NSPCC helplines.
More and more people are spotting the signs of abuse and calling the adult helpline, so we can’t afford to miss a single call. Our trained helpline practitioners are available 24/7 to do whatever it takes to protect children.
We can protect a generation of children through our Speak Out Stay Safe programme. Our workshops and assemblies deliver difficult information to children aged 4-11 in a way that’s age-appropriate. Children may not know what’s happening to them is wrong and that it is never their fault.
Without the support of our volunteers and the public, these services could not continue.
Volunteering for the NSPCC or joining a local group can be a lot of fun and you can make new friends in the process.
Chris Paisley, a community fundraising volunteer with the West Gloucestershire branch of the NSPCC, has been volunteering for more than 25 years. He said…
“I became involved with the NSPCC through my wife, who has been a long-standing supporter of the charity.
During that time I have been treasurer of the branch (eight years) and subsequently chairman of the branch (six years). I’m also the treasurer of the West Gloucestershire special events committee – a team that organises large, high income fundraising events.
Currently, while I’m still a volunteer, I’m also NSPCC divisional vice president for the South West and Channel Islands Region. These duties involve me supporting, encouraging and assisting fundraising volunteers throughout the region.
I am also chairman of the regional forum, which is an organisation representing the voice of local volunteers, forwarding issues and concerns to the board of trustees and receiving and broadcasting information from the board down to volunteers.
I feel passionately for the NSPCC and Childline’s causes and aims, and the way we are able to help and protect children.
The work of the services centres and practitioners is second to none, and to hear survivors of abuse talk of the help and support they have received only makes me feel more passionate to raise funds.”
The local branch is most active in organising fundraising events and in the near future we have these events coming up:
- Lydney Park Open Gardens – 9 April
- Music concert evening at St Lawrence Church, Barnwood, Gloucester – 7 July
- Queen tribute band at Highnam Court, Highnam, Gloucester – 15 July
- Bluebird Ball at The Pump Room in Cheltenham – 25 November
For details go to www.nspcc.org.uk or call the support office on 02920 108133.
Anyone interested in fundraising or volunteering can email Caroline on firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Guest Blog from Caroline Morgan, community fundraising manager for Gloucestershire NSPCC