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.
Car parking for the volunteer?
Secure bicycle parking?
Near public transport?
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
Any of these times
Additional timing details
Timings are based around availability of volunteer, best practice meetings are scheduled quarterly on weekends
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?
Face to face training given on the social care system and challenges for Looked After Children
Description of support
Coordinator available to offer support and quarterly best practice meetings are held with other volunteers
Description of expenses
There is a set budget allocated for travel and activities
Will I need my own transportation?
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Are references required?
Will there be an interview?
Are they properly insured?
Do they need a specific gender?
How many volunteers needed?
Opportunity added on
3 October 2019