This Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June), we are highlighting the vital role Independent Visitors play in supporting children and young people in care and encouraging more people to come forward as volunteers.
As an Independent Visitor, you will become a friend to a child or young person in care, sharing a hobby, sport or interest and making a real difference to a young person’s life. Independent visitors take part in activities including bowling, going to the cinema, picnics, and sports with the young person, helping them to build their confidence and self-esteem. Volunteers are also there to listen to any issues or concerns the young person wants to discuss, and give their support in times where a young person might be feeling upset or lost.
Debbie*, an 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.”
Sophie, 23 another Independent Visitor, said: “I wanted to become an IV because it was a unique and fun way to make a meaningful and positive contribution to a child’s life. It’s incredibly rewarding for both parties!”
Our wonderful volunteers contribute their time, passion and skills to our work and make a huge difference to young people in care. We would love for you to join them. We are currently on the lookout for volunteers to become Independent Visitors in London and the South East, Lincolnshire, Swindon and Shropshire.
To find out more about the role in your area, please click the links below.
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.