Independent Visitor Volunteer

  • Helping children and young people who are in care.
  • Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Darlington, Stockton, Redcar & Cleveland
  • Changing Futures NE

Every child or young person in care is entitled to have an Independent Visitor. Currently there are around 1700 children/young people in care across Tees Valley. We always need new volunteers to provide them with valuable support. Volunteering opportunities are available in Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton, Darlington Redcar & Cleveland.

An Independent Visitor (IV) is a responsible, reliable and committed adult volunteer who develops a friendship with a child or young person who is in care. You will take part in activities that you are both interested in at least twice per month.

Some children in care can feel isolated and visits with you enable them to develop their trust, confidence and allow them to make happy memories.

Examples of visits have included going to the farm, trips to the panto, playing footy in the local park, visiting your favourite place to eat and special treats, such as going to a concert.

All expenses are paid for by the charity.

This is an amazing opportunity for you to become a positive role model to children and young people who have experienced trauma and sadness. They have also lost important relationships with their families. All of the children and young people that have an IV say that they are a lot happier because of it.

Five benefits of being an IV:

  • Making a real difference to someone’s life.
  • Develop your own confidence and skills.
  • Take part in free ongoing training, and gain experience, which could help your future career.
  • Help young people achieve goals and aspirations.
  • Making new friends, memories and unforgettable experiences.



Children / Young People / Looked After Individuals


Befriend a child or young person in careVisit them at least twice per monthTake part in activities within the communitySupport and listenBe a positive role model

Knowledge & Skills

Organised Committed

Personal Qualities

Good listenerOptimisticPatientCaring approach

General Requirements

To take part in this opportunity the following is required:· Commit to the role for up to 1 year· Over 18 years’ old· Take part in training & recruitment checks


Please complete the form below to register your interest in the opportunity.