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Children's Involvement Team (Sheffield City Council)

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The Children's Involvement Team works to ensure that children and young people have a say on issues that affect them and their communities.

Male Independent Visitor 2021/22

This opportunity takes place until 31 Aug 2022

Male volunteers needed! Have you got time once a month to do an activity? Do you want to make a difference to a child or young person’s life? We are looking for male volunteers, who are fun, reliable, and enthusiastic, to be long term friends and role models, to children and young people in care and who have recently left care. Independent Visitors are positive adult role models who help their child or young person to build self-esteem, confidence, and resilience, through a consistent friendship. Currently the scheme has lots of boys aged 10-22 on the waiting list. They would all like to be matched with a male volunteer. The boys have wide ranging interests from sports, to gaming, to Marvel films to bike riding, to going out for food. /// There are also four male unaccompanied asylum-seeking young people aged 15 and 21 on our waiting list, who would really like to be matched with a male volunteer. They would particularly like their Independent Visitor to help them to settle into living in the UK and Sheffield by spending time with them, showing them places and activities around Sheffield, learning about British and Yorkshire culture and traditions, having fun and improving their English along the way.

Independent Visitors are matched with a child or young person in care or who have recently left care.  The role of the Independent Visitor is to meet with their young person once a month, for a minimum of two years, to do a fun activity together. Activities could include going to the cinema, bowling, playing football, going to a restaurant, riding a bike or a walk in the park etc.  

If you think you could make a positive difference please get in touch, we would love to hear from you.

*After you have clicked ‘Register Your Interest’, you will receive an email with the next steps of your volunteering application for this role - follow this guidance*

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 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 show patience and a sense of humour •Be reliable and consistent in the support offered

What will I gain?

Rewarding. Enjoyable. Experience with children and young people

Training and support

2 days of training, held of two consecutive Saturdays. Optional ongoing throughout An assigned co-ordinator to support

Time commitment

Once a month visit for a minimum of 2 years.

Food

Yes

Travel

Yes

Childcare

No

DBS (criminal records) check

Yes

Location

Across Sheffield
  • CausesChildren and families, Social isolation, Teenagers and young adults
  • FrequencyEvery month
  • WhenMonday evening, Tuesday evening, Wednesday evening, Thursday afternoon, Thursday evening, Friday evening, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, Saturday evening, Sunday morning, Sunday afternoon, Sunday evening
  • Skills and InterestsAdvice and information, Advocacy, Befriending, Communication skills, Mentoring
  • Careers and AspirationsPsychology, Social work, Teaching

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