Make New Year a new beginning for vulnerable Western Isles children

NSPCC Scotland is urging people to make 2013 the year of finally keeping those well-intentioned resolutions.

And whether it’s time or money you have to spare – no matter how much or how little – you can help make a fundamental difference to the lives of children and young people in the Western Isles.

The NSPCC is looking for volunteers across the country to give presentations to primary school pupils to educate them about keeping safe, answer children’s cries for help from their ChildLine bases in Glasgow and Aberdeen, and to raise funds to support its services to protect children from abuse and maltreatment.

Matt Forde, head of NSPCC Scotland services, said that everyone has something to contribute to the charity’s fight against child abuse.

“No matter how much time or experience you have, we have a volunteering opportunity to suit everyone,” he assured.

“We would encourage anyone who is interested in volunteering, whether to fill some free time or to get experience in a chosen field, to put finding out more about our work at the top of their New Year agenda.”

He continued: “We give all our ChildLine schools service and helpline volunteers full training and ongoing support. We’d love to help you organise a fundraising event in your local community or even at work, support you in tackling Ben Nevis or cheer you on in the Edinburgh or Loch Ness marathons.

“There are so many ways you can help us help more children and young people in 2013. Please join us on Facebook (, follow us on Twitter (, or take some time to visit our website ( to keep up to date with the different opportunities.

“There really is something for everyone, no matter how much or little time or money you can spare.”