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Doing it for the kids

Fiona Wheeler loves volunteering at her local child contact centre

31 March 2009

Volunteering can really broaden your horizons, and the training contract can be an ideal time to get involved. I’ve found volunteering at my local child contact centre a really rewarding way to support children and families, as well as contributing to my own professional and personal development.

Having moved to a new area, I was keen to apply for voluntary work in order to become more involved in the local community. With my first seat being in the family department, volunteering at the contact centre was the perfect solution.

It’s estimated that each year, 100,000 children lose contact with a parent as a result of family breakdown. Child contact centres have been set up with the aim of reducing this number, to allow children to maintain relationships with non-resident parents. There are around 350 child contact centres around the UK; these are safe, friendly and neutral places where a non-resident parent can spend time with their children, without having to see the...

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