Could you be an independent visitor (IV)?
Mon, 13 Jan 2020

East Riding of Yorkshire Council runs an Independent Visitors and Mentors Scheme which provides independent advice, support and befriending to looked after children.

An Independent Visitor (IV) is a volunteer who befriends and visits a child or young person living in the care of the local authority who has little or no contact with their parents.

IVs are carefully matched with a young person from similar backgrounds and who enjoy similar activities. IVs meet with their young person once or twice a month, to take part in trips and activities. This one to one relationship can involve anything from bowling and the cinema, to kicking a football in the park.

The IV is a friend, mentor and/or advocate to the young person depending on their individual needs - most importantly the IV and child just have some fun! Anyone over the age of 18 can volunteer with the scheme, however we need to ensure the IV is independent for the young person.

Volunteers do not need any formal qualifications but do need to be able to relate well to children and to have a genuine interest in the welfare of young people. You also need to commit to visiting a child or young person for at least two years. In return IVs receive ongoing training and support as well as receiving agreed expenses.

If you would like more information please email the Participation and Rights Team or ring (01482) 565560 for an application pack to be sent to you.


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