Find out about becoming an Independent Visitor this Volunteers Week
This Volunteers Week (1-7 June), Coram Voice is highlighting the important role Independent Visitors play in supporting children in care and is calling for others to come forward as volunteers.
We work in partnership with a number of local authorities across the UK to provide an Independent Visiting service for children aged between 8 and 18 in their care. Independent Visitors are volunteers who provide a reliable and consistent point of contact for a child who is isolated and has limited or no family contact.
The volunteers meet with a young person regularly, undertaking activities and outings to help them build their confidence and self-esteem. Activities can include bowling, the cinema or sports, depending on the age and interests of the young person. Volunteers are there to listen to any issues or concerns the young person wants to discuss.
Through the Independent Visiting service, volunteers enjoy the challenge and rewarding experience of building a lasting friendship with a child in care, and the children benefit greatly from a constant, fun relationship with someone independent from the care system.
We are currently on the lookout for volunteers to become Independent Visitors in London and the South East, Lincolnshire, Swindon and Shropshire.
Debbie*, a current Independent Visitor for Coram Voice in Swindon said: “Being an Independent Visitor is so rewarding, and you get to do new things that you probably wouldn't have done before. You can help them through their ups and downs and support them to come out the other side feeling proud of themselves.”
Independent Visiting is a long-term, one to one commitment. Volunteers must be over 18 and will be subject to enhanced police checks. Full training and ongoing support will be given, and out of pocket expenses will be paid for mileage and activities.
To find out more about the role in your area, please click the links below.
* Name changed to protect anonymity