Independent Visitors are volunteer adults who befriend and support children and young people aged up to 18 who are looked after by the local authority. An independent visitor can be life changing for a young person in care, being a consistent and supportive person in their life, helping them learn to trust, have fun and grow.
Each pairing of young person and Independent Visitor decides what activities and interests to pursue together, but the role usually consists of:
- Regular monthly contact, building a trusting friendship.
- Activities and outings like bowling, cinema, sports, days out, or just for a coffee and a chat.
- Building up the young person’s self-confidence and helping them prepare for independent life.
- Providing a listening ear, being someone who the young person can talk to and seek support and guidance as they become more independent.
This is an ideal role for: someone who wants to gain skills within the helping profession and who has the time to support others.
Time Commitment: minimum of 4 hours per month. And a long term commitment of a least one year is required.
Locations: Across Kirklees
Training: before taking up this role we expect you to undertake a 4 day induction training, and complete the Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board’s online safeguarding course. We will provide professional support and supervision throughout
Please note, all roles involving children, young people and adults at risk may be subject to screening and will be directed and closely monitored by a supervisor, who will support and guide your work.
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