Sova Gloucestershire Independent Visitors

At Sova Gloucestershire we recruit, train and support Independent Visitors (IV) for children and young people who are looked after by Gloucestershire County Council.

For professionals: Our Independent Visitors 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.


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 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 2-4 hours per month for at least eighteen months.

Become a Sova volunteer

Job title:  Volunteer Independent Visitor - Gloucestershire IV - Bath
Time commitment: 2-4 hours per month
Job title:  Volunteer Independent Visitor - Gloucestershire IV - Bristol
Time commitment: 2-4 hours per month
Job title:  Volunteer Independent Visitor - Gloucestershire IV - Gloucester
Time commitment: 2-4 hours per month