ChildLine received more than 2,000 calls from children in Oxfordshire last year

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According to figures, 2,068 children and young people from Oxfordshire called the NSPCC’s ChildLine service last year (between 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012) to ask for support or advice.

Now the charity is calling on local people to help raise vital funds to support the service.

The top reasons for children calling Childline last year were:

– problems with family relationships

– bullying

– physical abuse

– sexual abuse

– facts of life

In addition to calls from children and young people themselves, the NSPCC received 600 calls from people in Oxfordshire who were concerned about the welfare of a child. Following these latest figures from the NSPCC’s ChildLine service the charity is urging local people to get involved and volunteer some time to help raise much needed funds.

Amanda Howard, fundraising development manager for the NSPCC, said: “These new figures show that the NSPCC’s ChildLine service is still crucial for children and young people across Oxfordshire.

“With each call to the service costing at least £4, we really do rely on local people to help us raise the money we need to keep it going.”

Amanda Howard added: “Our volunteers are at the heart of our fundraising events and we are always looking for more supporters, whether it is helping at an existing event or developing a new fundraising opportunity with friends and forming a new local NSPCC support group.

“Whilst the demand for services such as ChildLine is high, in Oxfordshire we currently only have about 30 volunteer supporters, whereas in other county’s that figure is more like 80, and only two of those people are in Oxford itself.

“NSPCC support groups are a great way of getting involved in your community whilst helping to do your bit for a charitable cause.” says Amanda, “we are always looking for new members to lead a small event such as hosting afternoon tea, putting on a sponsored dog walk or running a golf challenge, whilst helping to promote the NSPCC messages at a local level. Please do get in touch if this is something you and your friends would like to be a part of.”

For more information about the NSPCC or to discuss opportunities with local support groups in your area, contact Amanda Howard, fundraising development manager via email at amanda.howard@nspcc.org.uk or calling 01608 678967.