An Independent Visitor is an adult volunteer who provides support and friendship to a child or young person ‘looked after’ by the local authority. This involves establishing a long term supportive relationship where the young person will have the opportunity to develop their interests, learn new skills and build their self-esteem.
We are looking to recruit volunteers to support young people who are under Local Authority care in the north east – this includes children and young people living in the Teesside area.
As an Independent Visitor you will be matched with a child/ young person based on location, ages, interests and likes. For example some children/young people may like to go out for a meal, others the cinema, exploring the great outdoors or visiting the local park. The possibilities are endless and we have a small budget for each visit to cover activities. Its essential activities and visits are planned with the child or young person, and that they have a voice.
You do not need any special qualifications, but we are looking for dedicated people of all ages who are comfortable with befriending and being a good role model for a child or young person who may have experienced difficult times during their childhood. We ask that you are able to commit to a few hours once per month for a minimum of 12 months.
Children in care need that sort of continuity and ideally the relationship becomes a genuine friendship that will continue informally after the young person leaves care at the age of 18.
To apply to the Independent Visitor Scheme, you have to be at least 18 years of age.
We welcome applications and enquiries at all times for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer.
An interview and selection process including an enhanced DBS check, references and undertaking appropriate training are required for this role.