Our Kidscape volunteer and part-time Project Assistant Kelly Anderson shares with us her experience of being helped by Kidscape and why she to took the decision to start volunteering for us.
"We found Kidscape through sheer luck when my daughter had been struggling with a verbal bullying problem in school. It had gone on for the best part of three years and had destroyed any ounce of confidence that she had had. We attended the first community workshop in Newport, where we met other families who were all facing similar issues. By lunchtime, my quiet beautiful little girl was beaming and saying that she had found her voice. We both left feeling like a weight had been lifted off our shoulders and empowered to resolve this once and for all. However, for me, my journey with Kidscape was just beginning.
I was so incredibly grateful for the support that we had been given that I contacted Carole to invite her to one of our Newport County A.F.C. marquee activities that we were doing with our young supporters on a matchday. I also then offered to volunteer and support in whichever way I could. I am now approaching my 2-year volunteer anniversary with Kidscape.
Within that time, I have been blessed to help other families through the ZAP workshops, and my absolute favourite - Community Leaders. This is where I have been able to support Carole in the delivery to many wonderful staff who work with young people on a day-to-day basis. Even during lockdown, it didn't stop and became incredibly popular due to the value that it gave people to empower the young people in their care and to give them confidence in dealing with a bullying situation.
For me, I hope that I can continue to do this for a long time to come. I have been that parent at her wit's end, feeling like she is failing her child, to that family who has now come out at the other end. I was bullied mercilessly in my younger years, and if I can help one person to stop feeling that, by being the person that I needed when I was younger, then it will be worth every bit of my time."