An Independent Visitor is a volunteer who befriends and develops a long-term friendship with a young person in care.
This can involve helping young people develop new interests, skills and hobbies or going on outings such as to the cinema, bowling or just a walk in the park.
The volunteers are called ‘Independent Visitors’ because they are a truly ‘independent’ person outside the care system giving the young person continuity, which is something not
always possible with changing carers and social workers.
No specific formal qualifications are required. All we ask is that you are open minded, patient, responsible and have a good sense of humour with the ability to relate well to young people and have a genuine interest in their well-being.
Every young person in care has different needs but is carefully matched so that they have some common interests with the Independent Visitor.
- Not suitable for under 18's
- Will require a criminal record check (DBS)
- Will require references
When can I volunteer?
We ask that you are willing to commit to a few hours once a month for a minimum of two years and be a consistent and trusted friend in a young person’s life. Usually young people attend school so visits would be outside of school hours/weekends.
This opportunity is available Countywide.
British Red Cross
Together in the Hive Portsmouth