Community support for NSPCC during Volunteers Week

Published: 31 May 2013 17:000 comments

Marking this year's Volunteers' Week (June 1 to 7) will be the NSPCC which has an active Enniskillen Committee. Its members include Tara Kingston, a Florencecourt teacher, currently the local organisation's secretary, who has been involved as a volunteer with the group for about four years. Previously, she served as assistant secretary for two years.

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"It was an organisation I wanted to become involved in," explained Tara, who is following in the footsteps of her late mother, Sandie Stuart, who had also been a volunteer for a charitable organisation, having been actively involved in UNICEF.

Tara - married to Rodney and the mother of Annabelle and Jessica - explains that the Enniskillen Committee which used to meet in members' homes now meets in the members' loft at the Lough Erne Golf Resort and the AGM is usually held in early summer. Linda Moore is the Chairman, and Diana Armstrong, assistant Chairman, will succeed her at the upcoming AGM.

Over the year, they hold a number of fundraisers including their annual coffee morning in December at the Ardhowen Theatre. In fact, it was at one of the coffee mornings that Tara expressed an interest in becoming a member!

Other initiatives include bagpacking locally, while there has been one-off activities such as a golf day, and there was a feast event at a member's home. As part of the local group's work, Tara also mentions them operating in sub committees and her's organised recent pub quizes.

Some people participate in NSPCC events, such as the HACK challenge walk, and in addition local schools are among those to organise their own activities on behalf of the charity.

Only recently at the Enniskillen Round Table ball at the Enniskillen Hotel, the Chairman Christopher Noble (whose mother Rosie is actively involved in the NSPCC) chose it as their charity. The Enniskillen Committee organised prizes, arranged favours for tables, and were involved in decorating the ballroom.

Tara - who greatly values the work of the NSPCC and its projects - spoke of her appreciation of the support that the Enniskillen committee receives in the community. "We have a lot of people who support us and we could not do it without them," she said.

Meanwhile, as the NSPCC marks Volunteers' Week, which begins this weekend, Neil Anderson, head of NSPCC services in Northern Ireland, explained: "Some of the busiest people I've ever met volunteer with our services, but what they tell us time and time again is that that there's always room to do a little bit more to help improve the lives of others."

He pointed out: "Whether you have a few hours to spare, or would simply value the opportunity to meet new people and learn new skills, NSPCC needs your help."

Neil added: "We have an inspiring array of people working on our behalf to make a difference within their communities, and we want everyone to honestly consider how they could help make things better for a child in need.

"It might be a switchboard or counselling role with our ChildLine helpline; supporting young witnesses as they face daunting court proceedings; or even working with P6 and P7 children to help them understand how they should expect to be treated, and where they can go for help if they need it."

He also asked "why not volunteer to help at one of our events, like the HACK challenge walk in the Mournes in September."

Neil also spoke about the fantastic fundraising committees, who work tirelessly to raise awareness and money within their own communities.

"Each and every volunteer plays a vital role in enabling us to help families in need and protect vulnerable children and young people. Join this fantastic campaign to make a difference for children, and see the difference it could make to your own life."

To find out more, people can visit www.nspcc.org.uk/getinvolved, or contact the NSPCC team on 028 9035 1135.

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