ISPCC launches volunteer drive

THE ISPCC North East is currently recruiting volunteers and advocates to assist the charity in supporting children and parents in Co Louth.

THE ISPCC North East is currently recruiting volunteers and advocates to assist the charity in supporting children and parents in Co Louth.

The charity is planning to host group information and interview evenings next month for a new team of advocacy volunteers who would speak out on behalf of children.

According to an ISPCC NE spokesperson, advocates should care about children and want them to “see an Ireland where all children are heard and valued”.

“The ISPCC needs help to ensure that local, regional and national decision makers adopt, implement and maintain important policies and programmes that support children and families,” she said.

“We also need to ensure we equip families and local communities to advocate for them. In order to ensure that these policies and programmes are maintained, it is critical to have a sustained, vocal and noticeable presence at all levels of policy-making.

“Local volunteers can be part of that presence and therefore, can be part of the effort to protect our nation’s children and families.

“We must ensure that we address issues at both a local and national level, thus ensuring a ‘grass-roots’ approach, to truly affect change in children’s and families’ lives in Ireland.”

As an ISPCC volunteer, you will be trained and supported by an ISPCC staff member to campaign at a local and community level.

Volunteers can get involved in education, awareness raising, and lobbying for the recognition of children’s rights, local issues and ISPCC campaigns.

They can also link in with local community networks to raise awareness of issues facing children and to identify local issues of concern in relation to children.

Volunteers are encouraged to build and develop relationships with TD’s, Councillors and MEP’s and to organise outreaches for local community groups and individuals via local public workshops on how to advocate for children and families.

For information on volunteering in the North East, and dates and times of the group information and interview evenings, contact Mara O’Reilly by emailing moreilly@ispcc.ie or telephone 041-9810858 by Wednesday, February 1.

Applicants must be child centred and have a belief and interest in childrens’ rights and protection issues. All volunteers are required to participate in a training course. Visit www.ispcc.ie for more details.