With International Volunteer Day coming up on the 5th of December there is no better time to become a volunteer! Here at No Limits we have 165 volunteers who offer their time to help the children and young people to help themselves. The 15,678 hours of work that volunteers contributed last year equated to £123,072 which, for a charity, is invaluable in helping us to support vulnerable children and young people. We warmly welcome any individual who would like to offer their time to support No Limits. This could range from becoming a drop-in worker supporting young people, helping with administration, to helping to bake cakes for fundraising events. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at No Limits, please do come along to our volunteering information evening on Monday 1st December 5:30-7pm at the No Limits City Drop-in Centre. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org. With the festive season being a time of giving, we would love for you to give your time to those children and young people who are in need this Christmas. We think the sign of a civilized society is where people are willing to do something positive for others for nothing. Would you agree?
In the 21st Century, we live in a society that is seen to be more accepting of people’s sexuality, age, race, nationality and religion. A diverse society allows communities to thrive. Yet it is only too easy for us to forget how minority groups are still subject to suffering. Having recently read an article based on the Rotherham child exploitation scandal, I was shocked to find that many Asian victims of sexual abuse are often alienated and ostracized by their own culture, religion and even families for the fear of bringing shame to the community of which they are a part. This shame culture has meant that many young Asian girls often suffer in silence, with no one to speak to about their distress. I found myself asking why this is the case when we’re meant to be living in a time of equality free from constraints.
An individual’s language, location, cultural or religious considerations can become the significant barrier that prevents some minority groups from accessing the services and support they need. Young people need to be aware that there are free, confidential and non-judgmental services like No Limits available which can provide the help and support they need. Through working with Right 2B Safe, we offer young people who are at risk of abuse, neglect and sexual exploitation the chance to speak out about their suffering in a safe, confidential environment. If you know of someone who is suffering abuse, or you yourself are suffering, then make sure you speak out. No one should suffer in silence.