Independent Visitors Service - Gloucestershire

We are always on the lookout for new volunteers. For many children and young people living in Local Authority care can be unsettling. Having someone there just for them can make all the difference.

A Volunteer Independent Visitor acts as a positive role model. They meet with a child or young person once a month to offer support, encouragement, and guidance. This could be in the form of an activity or going for a drink and a chat. The support package is tailored to the individual, as each young person will have a specific need or aim that they want to overcome or achieve.

A girl at the cinema

Independent visitors are matched with a child or young person, sometimes because they have little or no contact with their own families. As a volunteer, you are there as someone ‘totally independent in their life, distinct from the professionals paid to support them. It makes a real difference to a young person to know they have someone who is on their side, who has chosen to be there for them.

In return, you will gain valuable experience, skills, and a sense of achievement, as well as ongoing training, supervision, and support.

A man and a child at a skatepark

Volunteers are fully supported and receive regular supervision. All volunteer expenses are reimbursed. All volunteers are required to be over 18 years, complete an enhanced DBS check, and will be expected to commit to meeting with their young person for 2-6 hours per month for at least two years.

Apply now to start your volunteering journey and make a difference to a young person.