Volunteers will spend this weekend learning more about how they can help the victims of child abuse. Victoria Junior Chamber has joined forces with Against Child Abuse (ACA) in a project called Let the Dolphin Lead, which aims to encourage young people to contribute towards a more humane and understanding society. ACA's hotline received about 450 calls last year from victims of abuse. The non-governmental organisation helps people cope with the harrowing consequences of domestic violence and campaigns for more awareness of the problem. Hong Kong's white dolphins have been adopted as mascot partly because, like victims of abuse, they are endangered. Beatrice Fung King-ming, a social worker with ACA, said: 'Physical, psychological, sexual abuse and child neglect are the big four categories of child abuse. Reasons behind the tragedies are complicated, but they are undoubtedly a consequence of [many] social problems.' The project will be divided into three phases to be held over the next five months. At a training camp this weekend 40 volunteers, aged 18 to 25, will learn about the psychological needs of children. This phase of the training is designed to strengthen the leadership, creative and presentation skills of the volunteers. Those who are successful become leaders for the later phases. Phase two - Dolphin Workshop - will be held next month, after between 100 and 120 Primary Five to Form Three students are recruited. Volunteers from the first phase will be on hand to offer encouragement to the students who will present their ideas on the topic to Government figures, teachers, the media and fellow students. They will use speeches, drama, art and song. Volunteers, students and other participants will gather on July 4 to share their experiences and views. Ms Fung said: 'Sometimes [domestic violence] tragedies happen because of misunderstanding. Traditionally, Chinese have a conception that physical punishment is a good way to teach, but in fact it isn't. It would only become a root of confrontation. 'The project provides children with a chance to have their say. They can describe what kind of environment they think might be safe and non-violent to them.' Students interested in joining the project should apply to the ACA, at 107-108 Wai Yuen House, Chuk Yuen (North) Estate, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon. Application forms are available at schools or from the ACA. Call 2351-6060 or fax 2752-8483 for details. Victoria Junior Chamber is an organisation which aims to develop leadership skills among people aged 21 to 40 and advance a sense of social responsibility and caring.