“It’s someone who is there for you, someone to help with problems and advice. Its someone to talk to and I don’t feel lonely anymore like I used to. It gets me out too which is good or else I will just be stuck in my room being lonely.”
Independent Visitors (IVs) are volunteers who befriend and spend time with a child who is looked after.
An Independent Visitor or IV is a reliable, consistent and independent friend who visits a looked after child or young who would like an independent adult friend. Many looked after children would like to have an adult in their lives who is not paid to be there like their social worker or foster carer and that’s where an IV can help. They provide a good, stable, adult role model for the young person, befriending and listening to the young person, on an open-ended basis for as long as both parties want it to continue.
The IVs and young people go out and undertake a variety of activities depending on their interests and the age of the young person. This can range from going for a coffee and chat, arts and crafts, window-shopping, occasional cinema trips and taking part in sporting activities such as badminton and golf.
How to get in contact
If you would like more information about this service, or are interested in becoming a volunteer Independent Visitor, please contact our head office on 020 7833 5792 or take a look at our recruitment pages.