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Nottingham’s Childline team are appealing for new volunteers to train and help young people.

In the last year, Nottingham Childline delivered 13,171 counselling sessions to children and young people.

Counsellors at Nottingham’s Childline have provided more than half a million sessions to children across the country since opening in 1988.

Childline offers one to one counsellor chats, BSL sign videos, with information available on the website and a message board for people to communicate on.

They support people in decision making as well as guiding and inspiring people struggling in different aspects of their lives.

Their services are free, confidential and private allowing under nineteen year olds to be open about what obstacles they are facing and reach out for help day and night.

Volunteering consists of regular shifts of up to four hours per week across the 12 Childline bases.

There is a minimum commitment of 12 months with shifts available 24 hours a day.

Training is provided for volunteers preparing them for the role with a supervisor around at all times to support volunteers during and after their shifts alongside one to one support.

Each shift includes a briefing and debriefing with volunteer counsellors training sessions taking place over 11 weeks before they begin their role.

Trained volunteer counsellors listen and respond to young people in need of help via phone, online chat or email.

Childline volunteers delivered over 200,000 counselling sessions to young people, estimated that 3,400 of these young people were based in Nottinghamshire.

Childline delivered roughly 17,000 counselling sessions a month last year.

On average, a child contacts Childline every 25 seconds nationally.

The mental and emotional health of service users remains the greatest concern for children and young people contacting for help.

Nationwide the biggest concerns amongst young people are family relationships, self harm, puberty, sex, relationships, mental and emotional health and suicidal thoughts and feelings.

Childline provides young people a place to discuss serious issues such as cyber bullying, hearing voices and prevent abuse.

Almost three quarters of counselling sessions that take place are online.

Answering a young persons call for help costs £4 for a trained volunteer to answer.

 Volunteer with Childline Nottingham here

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