An Independent Visitor is a friend for a child or young person in care, leaving care, adoption or in connective care.
As an Independent Visitor you will be matched with a child or young person. You will go out once a month to do fun activities together, during this time you will offer a helpful, positive and consistent relationship. Safety measures are in place and the team are following government guidance for visits.
What skills do I need?
Some knowledge and practical experience of involvement with children and young people would be helpful. However, no formal qualifications are needed and full training is given.
•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
•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
What will I gain?
The opportunity to develop skills and undertake new experiences. Satisfaction of making a significant contribution to the life of a child or young person in care. Expenses, travel expenses, training, experience of working with children and young people, a long term friendship, and the opportunity to take part in lots of fun activities!
Training and support
Volunteers will need to complete two days training that are held on consecutive Saturdays. The training will cover everything you will need for the role. You will be asked to complete a short interview after the training where a young person will be on the panel.
One visit a month. The length of the visit varies depending on what activity is chosen and what time the volunteer and young person have. It may be going out for tea for a couple of hours or going to the cinema for an afternoon. We ask for a commitment of two years.
DBS (criminal records) check
Visits will take place all over the city, depending on what activity you do.
Children and young people are situated all around the city (Sheffield) and activities you choose to do with your young person could be anywhere (within reason). Travel expenses can be claimed for whether using public transport or your own car.