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Interests

  • Animals and Wildlife
  • Arts, Heritage and Culture
  • Children
  • Environment
  • Fitness and Sport
  • Older People
  • Young People

Activities

  • Administration and Office
  • Advice and Information
  • Animals
  • Caring and Helping People
  • Conservation
  • Creativity
  • Mentoring
  • Youth Work

What is an Independent Visitor?

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
  • Regular supervision and support
  • Reimbursement of agreed expenses

Interests

  • Animals and Wildlife
  • Arts, Heritage and Culture
  • Children
  • Environment
  • Fitness and Sport
  • Older People
  • Young People

Activities

  • Administration and Office
  • Advice and Information
  • Animals
  • Caring and Helping People
  • Conservation
  • Creativity
  • Mentoring
  • Youth Work

Details

  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
    minimum age 21
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Slot Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Afternoon Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Evening Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Location

This opportunity is available Countywide.

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