Improving lives of children

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A CHARITY is urging people to start the new year by helping to improve the lives of children.

The NSPCC is urging people across Hartlepool and East Durham to make 2013 the year they make a difference to the lives of children and young people in the North-East

The NSPCC is looking for volunteers to give presentations to primary school pupils to educate them about keeping safe and to raise funds to support services to protect children from abuse and maltreatment.

Fiona Richards, from the NSPCC, said: “No matter how much time or experience you have, we have a range of volunteering opportunities for you. We would encourage anyone who is interested in volunteering, whether to fill some free time or to get experience in a chosen field, to think about volunteering for us, as a New Year’s resolution.”

“We give all our ChildLine schools service full training and ongoing support. We’d also love to help you organise a fundraising event in your local community or even at work, support you in tackling your Duke of Edinburgh award, to Race the Sun as you bike, hike and canoe your way around the Lake District or to cheer you on in the Great North Run.”

“There are so many ways you can help us help more children and young people in 2013. Please take some time to visit our website to keep up to date with the different opportunities.”

For further details about volunteering and all the events happening across the North East visit