Esther Rantzen visits
Liverpool ChildLine base to thank volunteers and plea for more to come forward
CHILDLINE founder Dame Esther Rantzen
will be visiting the Helpline's Liverpool base on Monday, 23 November 2015, in a bid to
urgently recruit new volunteer counsellors, and thank those who already dedicate
their time to making children's lives better.
The free, 24 hour confidential helpline for children has been providing support
and advice in the UK since 1986. Its base on Great Homer Street in Liverpool
opened in September 2007 and currently has 180 volunteers, who offer support and
advice to young people online and over the phone. The service is urgently
looking for a further 80 volunteers, for a variety of shifts available across
the week. Volunteers are particularly needed for evening and weekend shifts,
which are often busy periods when many children contact the service.
Dame Esther, who launched ChildLine almost 30 years ago, said:- "We are
incredibly lucky at the Liverpool base to have such a dedicated group of
volunteers that give up their time endlessly to make a real difference to
children right here across the City. It's thanks to their commitment that we are
able to transform the lives of vulnerable children and young people who so
desperately need our help."
Over the last 12 months, (April 2014 to March 2015), volunteers at the Liverpool
base helped more than 56,500 children and young people who had worries about a
range of issues from bullying, family relationship issues, to serious abuse.
Esther continued:- "Next year is a milestone for ChildLine as we mark the
service's thirtieth birthday. We've achieved so much in that time and have
supported over 3.9million children around the UK who have had no where else to
turn. It is down to all our wonderful volunteers that this has been possible.
But locally we still need more volunteers to join us and help us be there for
more children and young people to ensure that every child can get through to our
life saving service. Some of the children who contact us are suicidal, or have
run away from abuse and need urgent help. We need to continue to be there for
children, for as long as they need a safe place, whatever their worry, whenever
they need us. In Liverpool we are particularly looking for volunteers who can
give some time in the evening and at weekends.
I would urge anyone who has some time to donate to us and is interested in this
opportunity to volunteer to come forward and do something to help. You don't
need previous counselling experience, ChildLine will train you. All you need is
a commitment to helping children. Get in touch as soon as possible to find out
Esther will spend the afternoon at the Liverpool base meeting with ChildLine
staff and volunteers, thanking them for the vital support they have given to
thousands of vulnerable children and hear from them about their experiences of
being a volunteer. She will recognise a number of volunteers including Zoe
Williams who has been a volunteer at the Liverpool base for 5 years and has
achieved over 700 voluntary hours to date.
Zoe said:- "It's fantastic knowing that I'm helping the children who are
often frightened and don't know how to cope with what is happening to them. By
talking the situation through with them we can let them know they have options
and they can change their lives for the better. I'm proud of the work we do here
and would encourage anyone to come and join us!'
Anyone who is interested in becoming a ChildLine volunteer can find out more by
contacting Stephanie Kelly, volunteer coordinator at the Liverpool base on:-
0151 5561030 or
People over the age of 16 can volunteer for ChildLine, and the service welcomes
applicants from all walks of life. Potential volunteers will initially commit to
51 hours for training and assessment for telephone / online counselling and 14
hours for email only counselling. They will then be required to do one weekly
shift for a minimum of 12 months.
ALL Councils across the Liverpool
City Region have approved the Liverpool City Region Devolution Agreement,
announced earlier this week by the Government. Council meetings took place
in Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral.
Councillor Phil Davies, Chair of the Liverpool City Region Combined
Authority, said:- "This is a momentous day for the Combined Authority
and the Liverpool City Region as a whole. Through this deal, we have secured
almost £1 billion of extra funding over the next 30 years as well as putting
ourselves in a better position to support and grow our local economy.
A fundamental aspect of the deal is the recognition by Government that
decisions made about the Liverpool City Region are better taken in our City
Region by local leaders than in London or Whitehall. We are much better
placed to take decisions about how to target investment, provide support and
resources, and celebrate and promote our area.
There is no doubt that this Government will continue with its austerity
agenda which is going to see further funding cuts across our City Region.
Even though many of us disagree completely with the Government's overall
economic policy, securing this deal puts us in the strongest possible
position to cope with the challenges we will face over the coming months and
The deal is the start of a long journey and our discussions with the
Government will continue in order to secure further devolved powers for a
range of priority issues, including delivering public sector reform and
improving the health and wellbeing of people who live and work in the
Liverpool City Region."
A full copy of the Devolution Agreement can be found here.
Hospitals hold baby and
child Christmas remembrance service
2 hospitals will be offering
support to families remembering lost loved ones in the weeks before
Christmas. The Baby and Child Remembrance Service will be held at Ormskirk
hospital and led by the Trust chaplain, the Rev Martin Abrams.
"The run up to Christmas can be a very exciting and special time, but it can
also heighten a sense of loss, grief and isolation. We hope the short,
informal service will be supportive to anyone who has suffered a child or
baby loss. The Salvation Army band will join us and we will be writing the
names of loved ones on baubles to hang from our Christmas tree." said
The event will start with refreshments in the main Ormskirk hospital
entrance at 6.30pm, on Tuesday, 1 December 2015, before moving to one of the
hospital gardens for the service. During December, Trees of Remembrance will
also be available in the prayer and quiet rooms at both Southport and
Ormskirk hospitals. Visitors will be welcome to write the name or names of
loved ones on a decoration and hang it from the tree.