Sova Derby Children's Rights Service

At Sova Derby we recruit, train and support Independent Visitors and Advocates for children and young people who are looked after by Derby City Council, Sova also provide an advocacy service for all children in care and children and young people.

Our Independent Visitors (IV) encourage young people to demonstrate resilience and support them to gain skills required to make the transition to independent living.   Volunteers are matched with a child or young person, aged 8 to 18, who needs extra support and encouragement, often because they have little contact with their own families or because it would be in their interests to receive additional 1:1 support. The IV can promote long term outcomes such as reducing social isolation, raising aspirations, increasing independence skills and provide support to build social skills, confidence and self-esteem.

Our Advocates work in partnership with the Derby City's Children and Young Peoples Department to reflect the views, wishes and concerns of the young person and support through this process.

For young people: Would you benefit from having someone in your life who is ‘independent’?
Volunteers are distinct from the paid professionals who support you as they can provide a free befriending service to advise and listen to you by sharing their experiences as well as trying new activities and spending quality time together away from your placement.  They can provide consistent support and stability, speaking up for you throughout your time in care.

For volunteers: Do you want to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable young people?
Our volunteers are fully trained and you will be offered the opportunity to gain CERTA accreditation.   Volunteers are fully supported and receive regular supervision. All volunteer expenses are reimbursed. All volunteers are required to complete an enhanced DBS check and will be expected to commit to meeting with their young person for 4-6 hours per month for at least two years.
 
For further information please contact gillian.black@sova.org.uk or paul.cholerton@sova.org.uk or call us on 01332 294 534

Become a Sova volunteer

Job title:  Independent Visitor and Advocates - Sova Derby Children's Rights
Time commitment: 2-4 hours per month