VOLUNTEERS: Brighten up children’s lives

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Barnardo’s is appealing for people to take part in its first large-scale volunteering event to improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable children and young people in the UK.

On May 4, 5 and 6, the UK’s leading children’s charity is asking volunteers to help repair, repaint and rejuvenate Barnardo’s-run children’s services.

Volunteers will be helping Barnardo’s to brighten up the lives of some of the most vulnerable children.

We would like people to roll up their sleeves to help brighten up the places where we support some of the most vulnerable children and young people in the country.

Some of the children we support have been through very traumatic experiences and by giving up their time, our volunteers will be helping to make the Barnardo’s services they use look as welcoming as possible.

The day will see hundreds of volunteers across England lending a hand to redecorate care leavers’ flats, transform rooms at supported lodgings centres, or pitch in with some gardening to brighten up outdoor areas.

Barnardo’s is especially keen to hear from people aged 50 and over who would like to volunteer, but would be delighted to receive applications from all age groups.

People who would like to give their time should email volunteeringdayinmay@barnardos.org.uk or visit www.barnardos.org.uk and they will be matched to a convenient time and place.

Steve Oversby

Director Barnardo’s East Region