Independent Visitor to Children in Care

ECC are looking for adult volunteers to become Independent Visitors and establish good quality, long-term relationships with individual children and young people in care.

Male and female volunteers are urgently needed, to befriend and visit children in care who are placed in foster homes and residential units outside of Essex.

Often these young people feel very isolated and would benefit hugely from visits from a volunteer who could regularly spend time with them. We are looking for volunteers who are willing to travel once a month to visit the child or young person that they are matched with to spend time together and have fun. (Mileage wil be reimbursed.)

Essex County Council also have a number of children who are asylum seekers who would also benefit from the Independent Visitor service. They are particularly interested in finding volunteers to support these young people. and would welcome volunteers from a wide range of ethnic communities.

Most children and young people in care lack a consistent relationship with an adult and miss out on the experiences and opportunities this can offer them. As an Independent Visitor you will meet with them about once a month to take them out, have fun and be a good role model.

You should be able to commit for two years, thereby providing the young person with long-term consistency.

Before you can become an Independent Visitor ECC undertake references and checks, including a DBS (criminal records) check.

You will need to complete a two-day training programme, safe guarding training and will be provided with on-going support and supervision. 

Skills

  • Two year commitment
  • Sense of humour
  • Patience
  • Understanding
  • Non-Judgemental
  • Reliable

Details

  • Accessibility
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 17/02/2017

End Date: 17/02/2020

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Availability Details

Monthly.


Location

This opportunity is available Countywide.


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