Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a volunteer?

If so, next month there is a chance to find out about what opportunities are available with the NSPCC as the charity takes part in the Big Help Out.

The Big Help Out was launched last year as part of the celebrations of the Coronation of HM King Charles in a bid to encourage people to get involved with charities and organisations by volunteering some of their time to help others.

This year the Big Help Out is set to be held on the weekend of June 7-9 with volunteering across a variety of charities and organisations offering people the chance to gain new skills and give something back to the community.

Ahead of the Big Help Out NSPCC South West is hosting a virtual volunteer information evening on Wednesday, May 15 at 7pm called Volunteer With Us, which will give people the chance to find out about the many ways they can get involved to support children and young people as well as the range of rewarding volunteer roles available.

Perhaps you would be interested in finding out more about our Schools Service which sees trained volunteers and staff going into local schools to complete workshops with children to help them understand, in an age-appropriate way, about child abuse and neglect, and where to go if there is anything that is worrying them.

Or you might be interested in volunteering with our fundraising team or one of our local fundraising committees which help us to ensure that we can continue to deliver services which help keep children safe.

Our fundraising volunteers work tirelessly to set up raffles, bake sales, concerts and other events to support children, young people and families.

Whether they’re bringing in £100 or several thousand, every penny goes to support services which can improve the lives of young people. Our volunteers are essential in enabling us to be here for all children.

The Volunteer With Us virtual session will be held on Wednesday May 15 at 7pm. To register go to https://join-us.nspcc.org.uk/volunteers/vacancy/7742/description

You can find all NSPCC volunteering roles on the Big Help Out app or by going to nspcc.org.uk/support-us/volunteering-nspcc-childline/

To find out more about the Big Help Out and download the app go to www.thebighelpout.org.uk

Sharon Edwards is the NSPCC Regional Volunteer Development Manager South West & Channel Islands.