Welcome from our Chair of Trustees 

Welcome to the Spring 2019 Newsletter. And with summer not far away next week sees the launch of Volunteering Week in the UK,   1st to 7th June is Volunteers Week in the UK, a time where we celebrate the 20.1 million individuals (38%) of the population who, in 2017/18 volunteered their time at least once during the year to a range of charities, community projects, good causes and growing companies.   

As Chair of Trustees at Safe Child Africa, I am fortunate to be part of a dedicated board of trustees - all of whom are volunteers – and who freely give their time and knowledge to run and oversee the UK operation of our charity; to provide good governance to our UK and overseas partners  and to ensure Safe Child Africa remains fully accountable to you, our dedicated supporters and the charity commission, with whom we are registered.  

We simply couldn’t run the charity without Volunteers. If like I did (number of years ago) you’ve ever felt like you would like to get involved – perhaps now is the time to do something about it.

As an international NGO, we are often inundated with requests from people who want to know how they can volunteer to help deliver our frontline projects and services in the Niger Delta. It’s never easy to have to decline such kindness, but as partner led organisation, this isn’t something we are able to facilitate. The new FAQ’s section of our website explain more information about, you can read it HERE     

But the face of volunteering has changed dramatically in recent years and even though we can’t offer volunteering opportunities through our service delivery, we do have opportunities available for people to engage in micro-volunteering and other non-traditional forms of volunteering, the list of which is endless!

We would encourage people considering volunteering, to think about the amount of time they have available to give, together with the skills, experience or tasks they can offer us and then think about what they want to gain from the volunteering experience.  

Volunteering is a two way process. So as well as supporting a cause or crusade that you believe in, the result should be a fulfilling experience that may also add valuable skills, work experience and social value to your CV.   

If you think you might be interested in finding out more about volunteering for Safe Child Africa, please get in touch with us at info@safechildafrica.org