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CGL Independent Visitor Volunteer

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Change Grow Lives' Independent Visiting Projects recruit, train and support Independent Visitors (IV) for children and young people who are looked after by the Local Authority. This role is for children looked after by Nottingham Local Authority but is based in Sheffield.

Volunteer Independent Visitors 2019/20

This opportunity takes place until 31 Aug 2020.

The role of a CGL 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. Independent Visitors are usually matched to a young person according to a variety of considerations such as interests and hobbies. The Independent Visitor will be fully trained for the role and will be supported throughout. The CGL 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. Meet with their young person on a monthly basis for a minimum of 4 hours Create a positive relationship between themselves and the young person Contribute to the young person’s development and confidence Assist and advise the young person in developing skills and appropriate attitudes that will assist them in achieving the goals in their life Encourage and motivate the young person to make positive changes and encourage their personal development (In liaison with the project, Hull Social Services, The foster Carers and the young person concerned) Encourage young people to make positive use of local resources and activities, such as local parks and leisure facilities (the majority have access to Tonic Cards) Maintain principles of confidentiality, especially in relation to the young person, the project and any referring agency Operate at all times within the Health and Safety, Safeguarding and Equal Opportunities policies of CGL and any relevant referring agency Complete all paperwork and attend supervision meetings as directed by the project If possible attend young people’s reviews as and when required Willingness to attend additional training

What skills do I need?

The role of a CGL 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.

What will I gain?

Experience of supporting a child in care

Training and support

On-going training and support will be given in the role, including safeguarding and risk management. Training day: Wednesday 13th November at the University of Sheffield.

Time commitment

Meet with their young person on a monthly basis for a minimum of 4 hours.

Food

Yes

Travel

Yes

Childcare

No

DBS (criminal records) check

Yes

Location

Sheffield, Worksop, Nottingham, Chesterfield

Travel information

Public transport users and car drivers required.
  • CausesChildren and families, Learning disability, Teenagers and young adults
  • FrequencyEvery month
  • WhenMonday evening, Tuesday evening, Wednesday evening, Thursday evening, Friday evening, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning, Sunday afternoon
  • Skills and InterestsBefriending, Communication skills, Creativity, Listening, Mentoring
  • Careers and AspirationsPsychology, Social work, Teaching

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