A CHILDREN’S charity wants volunteers to help support vulnerable and disadvantaged children in Witney and Abingdon.

Barnardo’s runs an after school and holiday club for children with additional needs at Springfield School in Witney and Abingdon's Kingfisher School.

The charity works with schools to deliver sessions varying from outdoor games to arts and crafts, drawing and playing games.

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Carterton resident, Andy Davidson, volunteers once a week along with his partner Donna.

He said: “The first time I went along I felt a little daunted but the staff were fantastic and so welcoming. "Within a couple of sessions I had built up a rapport with the children and to be honest I have never looked back – it’s almost addictive.”

“It is so nice seeing the children enjoying themselves and having a good time and I love being part of that.

"It is really rewarding and the children give you so much back too.

"I missed a session recently and I heard they were asking where I was – that was so nice to hear.

"Of course it’s lovely to be there for the children but the staff also do such a fantastic job and it is good to be able to support them.”

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Mr Davidson has picked up sign language during his sessions with the children and has also attended various courses including positive behaviour management.

Robyn Roberts, Barnardo’s children’s services manager, added: “Andy and his partner are such a valued addition to the team and they make a real difference to the lives of the children who attend.

"They really get stuck in and the support they provide to the staff is invaluable. We cannot thank them enough.

“I would encourage anyone who is interested to get in touch and find out more about what a worthwhile opportunity this is.”

If you are interested and available from 3pm to 6pm one afternoon a week, or from 9am to 3pm in school holidays, contact Emma Harvey on 07711 188388 or email emma.harvey@barnardos.org.uk