Independent Visitors are adults who give up some of their free time to support children and young people who live with a foster family or in residential care. To be a consistent adult role model in their life and independent from social services.

Commitment: 2-4 hours per month for at least 12 months

Role description: 

For many children and young people living in foster care can be unsettling. Having someone there just for them can make all the difference. That someone could be you.

A Volunteer Independent Visitor acts as a positive role model. They meet with a child or young person once a month to offer support, encouragement and guidance. This could be in the form of an activity or going for a drink and a chat.   The support package is tailored to the individual, as each young person will have a specific need or aim that they want to overcome or achieve.

 Independent visitors are matched with a child or young person, sometimes because they have little or no contact with their own families. As a volunteer you are there as someone ‘totally independent’ in their life, distinct from the professionals paid to support them. It makes a real difference to a young person to know they have someone who is on their side, who has chosen to be there for them.
In return, you will gain valuable expedience, skills and a sense of achievement, as a well as ongoing training, supervision and support.

Downloads

Application Form

Recruitment Pack

Need more information?

Contact: Rachel Turner M: 0791210158 T: 01785 887954 E: [email protected] 


This project is funded by: