Role and Opportunity Details
Independent visitors’ scheme
Specific Skills Required
What is an independent visitor?
Independent visitors are adult volunteers who give up some of their spare time to support children and young people who are living in care and who don’t have much contact with their own families.
The role of an independent visitor involves:
visiting their allocated child or young person regularly
Listening and talking to them
Offering information and advice
Helping the young person to develop their skills and interests
Going on outings and activities
Helping to support the young person’s care plan.
All adults who volunteer to be an independent visitor are carefully checked by Wigan Council and the Disclosure and Barring Service before being matched with a suitable young person.
Induction training and ongoing support and advice is given to all independent visitors.
Benefits of Volunteering with this organisation
If you’re an adult who is interested in being an independent visitor
You need time and space in your life to give to a child or young person
Some experience of spending time with children and young people is helpful
You need to have a genuine interest in helping young people, talking to them and developing a good relationship. You may need patience and a sense of humour!
To volunteer as an independent visitor, you will be required to complete an application form and undergo an interview. Don’t worry, this is a supportive process.
Due to the nature of this work, we cannot recruit volunteers who are elected councillors or work within social care.
Level of commitment required
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity