Almost 1,000 pupils across Carrickfergus have benefitted from ChildLine’s Schools Service, which aims to talk to children aged 9-11 about abuse, how to protect themselves and where to get help if they need it.
The figures were released by the organisation as it launches its New Year’s Resolution campaign, which is urging local residents to make a pledge that counts and offer their time to support children and young people.
Volunteers can offer their support in two different ways: either at a ChildLine counselling base or as a Schools Service volunteer in primary schools across the area.
ChildLine currently has almost 170 volunteers at the Northern Ireland counselling bases who give their time to listen and offer free, confidential, 24 hour help and support to children and young people who need to talk.
As well as the counselling service, the Schools Service aims to be in a position to visit every primary school in Northern Ireland once every two years by 2016.
The service has already visited 961 children in 12 schools across Carrick, and has proved incredibly popular with parents and teachers. It currently has 80 volunteers but ChildLine needs to recruit more people to help.
For further information and details on how to apply, please go to www.nspcc.org.uk/childlinevolunteer.