For West Sussex County Council - Independent Visitor Scheme
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An Independent Visitor befriends, assists and advises a child or young person in care, visiting them at their foster home or children’s home, spending one-to-one time with them and taking an interest in their life.
Dependent on the child’s interests and age, an Independent Visitor might go swimming with them, have a chat over a hot chocolate, or support them to speak up in a meeting.
The volunteers we are looking for
can offer time to visit a child once a month,
are patient, enthusiastic and
believe in promoting the rights of children in care
need to be over 21 years old
and have plenty of energy!
People from a variety of backgrounds are needed and we are particularly short of men, to be matched with boys who have specifically asked for a male volunteer.
What skills do I need?
We are looking for a Volunteer who is :
Resident of or is willing to travel to Carlisle for visits
Able to relate to children and young people and have fun with them!
Patient and willing to focus on the individual needs of the child
Keen to participate in activities with them
Consistent, reliable and trustworthy
Able to maintain appropriate levels of confidentiality
They also need to
Have experience of positive engagement with children and/or young people, which may have been gained in a personal or voluntary capacity
Commit time and energy to the role
Applicants need to be:
aged, 21 and over
committed to visiting a child once a month
Visits are usually once monthly, and likely to include weekends and possibly visits after school or in school holidays
available for a minimum 2 year commitment
Not working within a social care role with Looked After Children from WSCC
Willing to undergo a full DBS check
Available for training
Volunteer applicants complete a training and induction programme, consisting of two training sessions from 9.30am-4pm and two in-depth assessment interviews.
Ideally you will have access to own transport.
How we support you:
Initial 2 day training, in-depth assessment, induction and then on-going training