Independent Visitors is a befriending scheme for - Children and young people in care - Care leavers - Children who are living with connected carers such as grandparents - Adopted children and young people. Independent Visitors meet with their matched child or young person once a month to do a fun activity together. They offer a helpful, positive, and consistent relationship. Volunteers are called ‘Independent Visitors’ because they are a truly ‘independent’ person outside of the social care system. Having someone completely separate to do activities with and talk to, is invaluable to our children and young people. Independent Visitors give much needed consistency to a child or young person, becoming a safe person they can trust. Through a volunteer’s consistent friendship, they help to build a child’s self-esteem, self-worth and confidence.
The role involves helping a child to develop new interests, skills, and hobbies. Volunteers need to have time once a month to take part in an activity of their child’s choosing. Activities could include going to the cinema, bowling, painting a pot, going to a restaurant, riding a bike or a walk in the park etc. We provide Independent Visitors for children and young people who are supported by Sheffield City Council. Currently, we are looking for a volunteer in Bradford, as we have a referral for a Sheffield child, that is living in the Bradford area. We are looking for a male or female volunteer in Bradford to be an Independent Visitor for a creative, sociable, fun, young boy aged 14. He would like to be matched with a nice Independent Visitor who he can have fun with, try new activities with and who is a good listener.
We aim to match children with volunteers who have similar interests and hobbies; this young person loves anything Doctor Who related. He would very much like a volunteer who likes Doctor Who or who is willing to listen and learn all about Doctor Who. He is very creative; he likes making things and art and design at school. He’s brilliant at magic tricks and would love to show you his skills. He likes acting and drama and would like to be the next Doctor when he grows up. He thinks cats are cute and he loves turkey ham sandwiches. He is would like to try lots of different activities with his Independent Visitor.
If you think you could be an Independent Visitor for this young boy, please get in touch, we would love to hear from you.
• Be over 21 years old • Be able to develop positive relationships with children and young people • Be committed to the safety and well-being of children and young people • Be able to offer friendship and advice on a long-term basis (minimum 2 years commitment) • Be able to help the child or young person express their views, wishes and feelings • Be able to show patience and a sense of humour • Be reliable and consistent in the support offered
- Age restrictions
- DBS check required
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Expenses reimbursed
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
- Training provided
- Volunteer induction
- Volunteer Policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
Once a month - After school, weekends or school holidays. Dates and times are flexible depending on the volunteers availability.
This opportunity is available Countywide.
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