Children’s charity in Doncaster are fundraising so they can help more kids through the pandemic

It has been a tough year for most but the effect on children has been harsh - a children’s charity is hoping to help more Doncaster children recover if they need support.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 9:51 am

Worth Unlimited work with children from the age of five to 18 to help them overcome issues connected with mental health, behaviour and self confidence.

Claire Barrer, 32, from Bawtry is a volunteer at the charity and has been for two years.

She said: “I mentor children through a range of challenges.

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“Some are escaping domestic violence others just need motivation to get back on track.

“Getting them to focus and improve their mental health means they are happier in life and in school.”

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Claire said that a lot of the children she works with have adult responsibilities or fears on their shoulders and it helps them to be able to speak to a third party such as herself.

Claire goes into schools as a mentor and works with kids on a one to one basis.

In a 12 week programme she gets to know the kids she’s assigned and said that it is an incredibly rewarding process to see change happen within them.

Worth Unlimited currently works with around 300 children across Doncaster in 10 schools.

But they would like to do more - which is why they are asking for people to donate.

“We are so grateful to our local donors who give monthly,” she continued.

“But it would be great if we could get more people to donate so we can cover the cost of volunteers going into schools and be able to work with more children.”

Claire said she is concerned about the number of children returning to school for the first time in a long while who may be dealing with Covid-19 related problems.

“I think schools are going to find that not all of the kids have dealt with the pandemic as well as they would have hoped,” she said.

“After being stuck at home and facing issues such as parental unemployment, family bereavement and isolation they’re bound to need additional support.

“But the Doncaster team is absolutely amazing and I know we can make a difference.”

To donate click the link here and select the Doncaster branch of the charity.

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