Why I wanted to volunteer at Kidscape

Meet James!

He's been supporting our London ZAP workshops since February 2019.⠀

I was bullied when I was at school, so deciding which charity to volunteer with was easy. Bullying is something I care very deeply about and I feel like my first-hand experience helps me relate to the children and what they are going through in a way that can really make a difference.⠀

I’m very proud to be involved with Kidscape, because it offers children something very special - the opportunity to make changes that will improve their lives. So far, it’s been extremely rewarding to help the children and their parents not only learn that they aren’t alone, but to develop the tools, awareness and find the support that will help them overcome such a difficult period in their lives.⠀

What's the Most interesting thing I have seen or heard whilst volunteering?
How dismal the school system can be in dealing with bullying. Some of the stories I’ve heard are extremely disappointing, but I know that Kidscape offers plenty of information and strategies that can be very effective.⠀
Also, I can tell that children respond positively to the experience of being in the same room as others who are dealing with something similar. Just by attending the workshop with others going through the same thing, children immediately discover that they aren’t alone. It somehow validates the fight back.⠀

When I am not a Kidscape Super Volunteer how do you like to spend your time?
Staying inspired for my job as a video editor. I watch a LOT of movies! I play and listen to music, seek out interesting exhibitions and lectures on all things art, science and psychology based. And it would be silly of me to not mention video games! My guilty pleasure.⠀

Want to join James as a volunteer? Email volunteering@kidscape.org.uk and get involved!⠀

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