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Do you want to make a difference to a young person’s life?

Befriending / Visiting volunteer needed for National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS)

NYAS is a national children’s charity providing advocacy and legal representation to children and vulnerable adults when important decisions are being made about them

We are seeking adult volunteers to become Independent Visitors (IV) who befriend and develop long-term friendships with a young people 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.

Each volunteer is carefully matched with a child or young person in care in their local area who shares similar interests. No experience is necessary, just a genuine interest in children and their wellbeing. Training and support will be provided.

Contact person firstname
Helen Caddock , Independent Visitor Coordinator
Lastname
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
07920 183656
Web page

Location description
Reading area
Wheelchair accessible?
Not specified
Car parking for the volunteer?
Yes
Secure bicycle parking?
Not specified
Near public transport?
Yes
How much time?
A few hours a month
What times and days of the week?
Mon EVETue EVEWed EVEThu EVEFri EVESat AMSat PMSun AMSun PM
Availability required
Any of these times
Additional timing details
Timings are based around availability of volunteer, best practice meetings are scheduled quarterly on weekends
Task type?
Befriending / Visiting
Will suit someone like this:
Enjoys variety and changeSelf organised/motivatedHappy to work soloKeen learnerSociableSupportiveWants to get out and aboutEmotionally robust
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Not specified
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
Face to face training given on the social care system and challenges for Looked After Children
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
Coordinator available to offer support and quarterly best practice meetings are held with other volunteers
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
There is a set budget allocated for travel and activities
Will I need my own transportation?
No
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Yes
Are references required?
Yes
Will there be an interview?
Yes
Are they properly insured?
Yes
Minimum age
18
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
1
Opportunity added on
3 October 2019