Join the fight for every childhood: Volunteer as a ChildLine counsellor in Glasgow or Aberdeen

If you’re looking for ways to volunteer your time, what about contacting your local ChildLine base to see how you can help? Danielle Devin explains her role as a volunteer counsellor Danielle Devin says that volunteering for ChildLine is “a great way to build experience and to test the water for a future career.” Danielle joined the ChildLine base in Glasgow a year and a half ago. She does a three and a half hour counselling shift a week, providing help, advice and support to children and young people who contact the service online and by phone. “I want to specialise…

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It’s good to talk

At this time of the year, you’re likely to be feeling hot under the collar as you put in the hours studying for exams and completing coursework in time. Finding a suitable outlet to discuss exam worries and concerns with isn’t always straightforward. Friends are often dealing with their own problems, parents grew up in a different era, and speaking to teachers about your worries can be a bit embarrassing. But, no matter how much of a red neck talking about your feelings might be, it can really help. Everybody handles exam stress differently, but if you’re feeling like you’re…

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Robin Williams, we’ll miss you

If you were a 90s kid like me, chances are there was only one man you’d have announced to be your favourite actor round about the age of eight. He had buckets of energy, childlike mischief sparkling in his eyes and the ability to make you laugh, no matter how rubbish things were. Robin Williams brought joy to the lives of millions of children and adults. Even now, my whole family – we’re grownups now and some of us have kids of our own – will sit and watch Mrs Doubtfire and laugh our heads off. My dad will have…

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Beating post-Christmas depression

Today is the day everyone dreads. It’s the day the Christmas decorations come down and we all return to the library to complete assessments and revise for exams. Yep, it’s 6 January, and Christmas is well and truly over – and according to the papers, today is the most depressing day of the year. After a fortnight of watching Christmas films, eating mince pies, and sleeping way later than term-time hours normally allow, our minds and bodies are hard-hit by post-Christmas depression and the January blues. However, rejuvenation is possible and you can start to feel more positive about the…

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