At Sova Gloucestershire Independent Visitors we find, train and support volunteers to provide an Independent Visitor service to children and young people aged 5 to 17 who are in care.

We match each volunteer with a child or 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.

All of our volunteers are fully trained and supported and are asked to meet with their young person on a monthly basis for a couple of hours.

Sova Gloucestershire Independent Visitors is funded by Gloucestershire County Council.

My Independent Visitor always listens to me, has supported me and helped me with loads over the years.

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