Volunteers needed to help the country's most disadvantaged children

08 January 2013

The Children’s Society is urging people to join its dedicated team of volunteers to help transform the lives of some of the country’s most disadvantaged children.

The charity wants to hear from anyone willing to give up a few hours a week to work in its shops. Volunteers play a key role in supporting The Children’s Society’s work with young runaways, child refugees, disabled children and young carers.  

The charity’s Retail Operations Manager, Tina Fellstrom, said:

'Our volunteers are the cornerstone of our work.  Without their selfless dedication, our work to create a better life for the most disadvantaged children would be impossible. 

'Whether it’s a few hours a day or a couple of days a week, their contribution is invaluable.  There’s no better New Year’s resolution than to do something positive with your time, and no better time than now to do it!'

The Children’s Society’s retail shops are a vital source of funds. Money raised helps the charity campaign on many issues and supports its 34 programmes of work with children facing poverty, abuse and neglect.  

Volunteering for The Children’s Society is also a great way to contribute to the local community, gain work experience and make new friends. No experience is needed – just a willingness to give up a few hours of week to join a team of around 2,000 volunteers who generously give their time each week at one of the charity’s 82 shops.

If you want to help The Children’s Society reach out to marginalised children, click here or call  0300 303 7000.

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Media enquiries

For more information, please call Andrew Cooper, Media Officer on 020 7841 4520 or email andrew.cooper@childrenssociety.org.uk. For out-of-hours enquiries please call 07810 796 508.

Notes to editors
• The Children’s Society wants to create a society where children and young people are valued, respected and happy. We are committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including children in care and young runaways. We give a voice to disabled children, help young refugees to rebuild their lives and provide relief for young carers. Through our campaigns and research, we seek to influence policy and perceptions so that young people have a better chance in life.

• The Children’s Society’s shops are always in need of good quality saleable items, particularly ladies clothing and bric-a-brac, and rely on donations from the public to help stock the shops.  To make a stock donation please visit http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/in-your-area to find nearest The Children’s Society shop.