WE’D like to urge people to make a New Year’s resolution to become part of a team that helps support vulnerable children in your area.

As the UK’s leading children’s charity, we’re looking for people to help us to continue our vital work with disadvantaged children, young people and their families, either by fundraising, volunteering in our shops or volunteering directly with children and families.

By giving us a little of your spare time, you will gain invaluable experience that could provide a stepping stone to a new career or an opportunity to add to your personal statement for college or university. We also offer a chance to make new friends and have fun by joining the team at your local Barnardo’s store*.

Volunteering is a great way to build confidence and an opportunity to try new things as well as being good for emotional health and wellbeing.

Our volunteers — who are all ages and come from all walks of life — are given full training and on-going support. Our volunteers have the opportunity to gain a level 2 NVQ in a range of excellent courses.

To find out more about volunteering with Barnardo’s, please pop into your local Barnardo’s store or visit the website at www.barnardos.org.uk/volunteering.

Thank you, we look forward to meeting you in 2019!

Kim Hamber, Volunteer and Community Engagement Advisor, Barnardo’s SE and Anglia region

*Editor’s note: The nearest Barnardo’s stores to Andover are located in Amesbury, Basingstoke and Salisbury

*Editor’s note: The nearest stores to Andover are located at Amesbury, Basingstoke and Salisbury