At Sova Nottingham Independent Visitor Service we recruit, train and support community volunteers to provide an Independent Visitor Service to children and young people aged 5 to 17 who are in care.

Sova provide the Independent Visiting Service for young people who are looked after and improve outcomes for Looked After Children by using trained independent volunteers to visit, befriend and advise young people. The independent visitors provide consistency within the lives of young people who may be experiencing a number of changes, they are a source of support, information and guidance, encouraging young people to achieve their full potential and are able to access the full range of opportunities that are available to them.

 We match each volunteer with a young person who needs extra support and encouragement, sometimes because they have little or no contact with their own families. The volunteer is there as someone ‘independent’ in the young person’s life, distinct from the professionals paid to support them. They might take the young person to the cinema or to the park, encourage them to try a new sport or hobby, support them at meetings or simply be there to talk to. 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.

I have been with my independent visitor for 8 years now and they have followed me around different foster placements, I feel they are always there for me

Volunteer on this project!


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