Independent Visitor and Advocates - Sova Derby Children's Rights

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable 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 will work in partnership with Derby City's Children and Young Peoples Department to reflect the views, wishes and concerns of the young person and support through this process.

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.


Time commitment:  2-4 hours per month

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