Volunteer praised for work at children’s charity

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A teenager has been praised for her work as a volunteer at a children’s charity.

Paige Quigley, who is currently studying for her A-levels at Oakgrove School, has volunteered once a week, every week since October at St Francis’ Children’s Society.

Paige is working towards becoming a teacher and thinks this is the perfect way to gain experience of working with children.

She said: “I’d love to work with children as an art therapist or art teacher or both. My favourite thing about volunteering at St. Francis is the people and realising that I’m able to help them.

“Before working here, I had no idea just how long the adoption process takes or how it all comes about – I’ve learnt a huge amount. I absolutely love it and now I’m more determined than ever to dedicate my career to working with children.”

During her time at the charity Paige helps with admin, helps to put together the St. Francis Children’s Society newsletter and various fundraising activities.

Recently she helped put together ‘happy bags’ as part of a fundraising initiative to build a new children’s centre which would extend the facilities to those going through the adoption process and parents who needed help with their children’s behaviour and emotions.

Paige added: “My friends haven’t yet volunteered, but they’re really supportive. I started talking about the happy bags and they’ve come up with loads of suggestions for what to put in them. They frequently send me random texts with happy bag ideas.”

If you would like to volunteer at St. Francis’ Children’s Society or find out more about becoming an adoptive parent, call 01908 572700 or email enquiries@sfcs.org.uk.