Nidge shows off his softer side as he reveals Barnardos volunteer work

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17 December 2013. Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, the Love/Hate actor has been working with Barnardos since early this year and is asking people to support the childrens charity this Christmas by making a donation. Visit www.barnardos.ie/donate. Its incredible to see the work Barnardos does. These children handle huge adult problems, he says. I find it very upsetting. Im just glad they have this amazing place to come and have a hot meal and a sense of structure and responsibility, and that theyre nurtured and feel safe and they can play  the facilities are amazing.

During the past year, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor has spent time volunteering in one of Barnardos 40 project centres located in the heart of a disadvantaged community. My wife came with me and wed just dropped our son off at nursery, he says. We came to the Barnardos centre and they told us about the kids and the households theyd left that morning. And the intensity of it all was so staggering. These were three and four year olds. On the face of it they were coming to Barnardos and having great fun, getting to play with their friends. But the work and the learning behind everything the children were doing while in Barnardos is so impressive. The staff are fantastic and so committed to what they are doing  everything is about whats best for these little children.

During Love/Hate we film in some of Dublins most deprived areas, so our sense of social responsibility has deepened, without question. Its been an eye-opener. Thats why I wanted to get involved with Barnardos. 

Barnardos works with 6,300 children and families in communities across Ireland. Each year, Barnardos needs to raise more than 5 million to keep its services open for children and families. For every 1 euro Barnardos spends, 88 cent is spent directly on the work with children and families, 11 cent is invested in fundraising and 1 cent is spe
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor

Actor Tom Vaughan Lawlor, who plays gang boss Nidge on Love/Hate, has revealed his role on the show raises sense of "social responsibility".

The IFTA winner, who has become a household name after four successful seasons of the RTE gangland drama, says his experience  on the show gives him unique insight into poverty in Ireland.

"During Love/Hate we film in some of Dublin's most deprived areas, so our sense of social responsibility has deepened, without question," he explained.

"It's been an eye-opener. Thats why I wanted to get involved with Barnardos."

Barnardos chose Vaughan Lawlor as their ambassador earlier this year and the two have been working together throughout 2013 raising awareness, while volunteering hands-on at several project centres.

"My wife came with me and we'd just dropped our son off at nursery," he said. "We came to the Barnardos centre and they told us about the kids and the households they'd left that morning.

"The intensity of it all was so staggering. These were three and four year olds. On the face of it they were coming to Barnardos and having great fun, getting to play with their friends.

"But the work and the learning behind everything the children were doing while in Barnardos is so impressive. The staff are fantastic and so committed to what they are doing  everything is about whats best for these little children.

"It's incredible to see the work Barnardos does. These children handle huge adult problems, he says. I find it very upsetting.

"I'm just glad they have this amazing place to come and have a hot meal and a sense of structure and responsibility, and that they're nurtured and feel safe and they can play at the facilities are amazing."

 

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