Volunteer Independent Visitor

Location Grantham, UK

Independent Visitors (IV) take an active interest in the lives, hopes and concerns of children and young people, specifically those in care, and are there to listen and help. Independent Visitors meet once a month with a young person to do fun activities together, talk, be supportive and have fun!

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About this role

Cambridgeshire County Councils Independent Visitor Service is looking for volunteers within Cambridgeshire and the surrounding counties to become Independent Visitors and establish a good quality, long-term relationship with an individual child in care.
Often these young people feel very isolated and would benefit hugely from visits from a volunteer who could regularly spend time with them. We are looking for volunteers who are willing to travel once a month, to visit a child that they are matched with to spend time together and have fun. (Mileage and a set amount for activities will be reimbursed.)

Most children and young people in care lack a consistent relationship with an adult and miss out on the experiences and opportunities this can offer them. As an Independent Visitor you will meet with them about once a month to take them out, have fun and be a good role model.
Male and female volunteers are needed, you should be able to commit to at least two years, thereby providing the young person with long-term consistency, and be able to spare at least 2 hours per month.
Before you can become an Independent Visitor CCC undertake interviews, references, and checks, including an enhanced DBS (criminal records) check.
You will need to complete a training programme, involving safeguarding training and will be provided with on-going support and supervision.

Skills.
 Two year commitment
 Sense of humour
 Patience
 Understanding
 Non-Judgemental
 Reliable

When you can volunteer

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Requirements

  • Access to a vehicle
  • Driving license
  • References needed
  • Willing to take a DBS Check
  • Age restrictions

Volunteers must be over the age of 21, able to commitment to visiting the young person for a minimum of two hours once a month for at least 2 years. Full, training advice and support will be provided by the Independent Visitor Coordinator.

Location

Location Grantham, UK

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