Volunteer Independent Visitor

The role of a Change, grow, live Independent Visitor is to build a healthy and child focused relationship with a young person who is in the care of the local authority; aiming to support them to grow in confidence, feel valued and thrive in their lives. IVs are usually matched to a young person according to a variety of considerations such as interests and hobbies. The IV will be fully trained for the role and will be supported throughout. The Change, grow, live team will make a match with a young person and organise an initial meeting where they can meet their young person, talk about themselves, plan what they would like to do and agree on when they would like to meet. The role has an element of responsibility to report regularly on all meetings and contact as outlined by the project.

Skills

Volunteer Person Specification 1. A commitment to Change, grow, live for at least 12 months, with regular activity. 2. A willingness to gain an understanding and awareness of the Project and Safeguarding Policies. 3. A commitment to the Health & Safety and Equal Opportunities policies under which the Project operates. 4. An understanding of the issues some individuals can face whilst in care or leaving care. 5. Over 18 years of age, with a mature attitude and positive outlook. 6. A non-judgmental, non-patronising and honest approach. 7. An ability to communicate effectively with both individuals and relevant agencies. 8. Gain an understanding of the role, responsibilities and boundaries of the volunteer. 9. A commitment to assist participants to work towards the aims and objectives identified by and for them. 10. The ability to reflect upon a participant’s support needs and direct activity accordingly. 11. An understanding of local resources and how to access them. 12. A willingness to gain an understanding of issues relating to confidentiality and the differing roles of Project staff and those from other relevant agencies. Volunteer Activities 1. Meet with participants in a one to one situation, with project staff and/or any referring agency. 2. Create a positive befriending relationship between themselves and the participant. 3. In liaison with the Project, the referring agency and the participant concerned, encourage and motivate the participant to make positive, focused and constructive use of education, training, employment and personal development opportunities. 4. Encourage participants to make positive use of local resources. 5. Assist the participant in developing skills and appropriate attitudes that will assist them in achieving their personal action plan. 6. Maintain principles of confidentiality, especially in relation to the participant, the Project and any referring agency. 7. Operate at all times within the Health and Safety and Equal Opportunities policies of Change, grow, live and any relevant referring agency. This applies where volunteers are on any premises or operating on behalf of the project or any referring agency. 8. Complete monitoring, review and expense sheets promptly and feedback accordingly. 9. Receive informal support and supervision as agreed with the project. Attend periodic support groups attend on-going training courses.

Details

  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
    18+
  • DBS check required
    Enhanced
  • 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?

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Afternoon No No No No No Yes Yes
Evening Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No

Availability Details

Community based activities - once a month commitment. Varies on activity requested by young person.


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