An Independent Visitor (IV) is a volunteer who befriends and visits a child or young person living in the care of the local authority. The service is also provided to those who have left care up to the age of 21. Independent Visitors are hugely valued by the young people as they are often the only person involved in their lives that are not paid to be there.
An Independent Visitor will visit the child or young person on a monthly basis; with the aim of establishing a consistent, positive adult-child relationship. This one to one relationship can involve anything from football in the park, seeing the latest films, or new things that the young person and Independent Visitor want to do! An activity budget and travel expenses are provided each month.
Volunteers need to be aged 18 or over, be able to commit to the relationship for a minimum of 1 year (ideally longer) and have a genuine interest in having fun and spending time with children and young people. The recruitment process takes approximately 3 months therefore the required commitment to the scheme is approximately 18 months as a minimum. Children and young people referred to the scheme can be placed anywhere across the city and occasionally live outside the authority. Whilst every effort is made to limit the travelling a volunteer will undertake we do encourage volunteers to be flexible.
Minimum commitment level: Once a month
Start Date: 10-01-2021