Volunteers needed to deliver charity’s schools’ programme

Could you be a schools cancer prevention volunteer?
Could you be a schools cancer prevention volunteer?

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland is calling for volunteers to help deliver cancer prevention messages to pupils in local schools.

Judith West, cancer prevention officer, stressed the importance of children making healthy choices from a very early age. She said: “At Cancer Focus NI we offer fun, healthy activities for school children designed to improve knowledge of health and to encourage pupils to make positive lifestyle choices.

“Our Schools’ Programme supports the Northern Ireland Curriculum and there’s something about children’s health for every age group, from nursery to post primary,” said Judith.

The charity’s volunteer co-ordinator, Morag Chambers added: “In order to help get the ‘healthy message’ to schools we are looking for individuals who have the skills to deliver our pre-prepared presentations to school pupils of all ages. “Interested parties will be given full training and support with a member of staff, and should be comfortable with addressing groups of young people.”

Siobhan Kelly, the Vice Principal of St Genevieve’s High School in Belfast, who has experience of the schools’ programme that Cancer Focus Northern Ireland offers, said: “We have found all the programmes thought-provoking; encouraging discussions amongst the young people and increasing their capacity to consider choices they may have to face now and in the future.

“We feel that by facilitating our pupils to participate in the range of programmes offered, our young people can help themselves as well as help their own family members.”

To find out more about this exciting new volunteering opportunity contact Morag or Sarah on 028 9066 3281 or email volunteer@cancerfocusni.org