Host Organisation: The Children's Society

We are looking for volunteers to visit, befriend and advise a child or young person, being looked after by Cheshire East County Council.

Opportunity Interests: Advice and Guidance Services, Children and Young People, Social Activities, Voluntary and Community Sector Support
Type of Activity: Befriending, Coaching / Mentoring, Support / Care Work, Youth Work
Location: Alderley Edge, Alsager, Bollington, Cheshire East, Congleton, Crewe, Disley, Holmes Chapel, Knutsford, Macclesfield, Middlewich, Nantwich, Poynton, Sandbach, Wilmslow, Outside of Cheshire East
Days and Times for the Opportunity: Monday PM, Monday EVE, Tuesday PM, Tuesday EVE, Wednesday PM, Wednesday EVE, Thursday PM, Thursday EVE, Friday PM, Friday EVE, Saturday AM, Saturday PM, Sunday AM, Sunday PM

Visit, befriend and advise a child or young person, being looked after by Cheshire East County Council. Independent Visitors see children fortnightly or monthly and enjoy spending time with them. Our aim is to contribute to the welfare of the child or young person and to promote the child or young person's needs, including developmental, social, emotional, educational, religious and cultural needs.

*We particularly encourage male volunteers to apply due to a number of young people requesting a male volunteer.*

Independent visitors are fun loving and child focused and independent of Cheshire East Local Authority. Your role, whilst in support of plans already made to care for the young person, may include encouraging the child to exercise his/her rights to participate in decisions affecting him/her.
You will visit on a regular basis and carry out activities depending on the interests of the child/young person. Some may need more support than others; all bring with them a whole host of treasures to share together! You might get involved with craft activities, going to the cinema, playing a game of football at the park, going to the gym or taking a dip in the pool etc.

You may also support and encourage the child or young person's awareness of their case reviews, and encourage participation in decisions affecting their life.

You will receive training, guidance, support and regular supervision. This role is not suitable for people seeking a short term role. We ask for a two year commitment, to ensure stability in the lives of these children and young people.
We would like our volunteers to contribute around 4 hours (including travel time) fortnightly or monthly, flexibly during out of school hours. Reasonable out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed, including mileage.

The minimum age for volunteers is 18. Applicants are required to complete an application form, informal discussion, interview and complete training. Applicants will be required to provide two references. You will be required to undertake a DBS check in order to undertake this role. This role is not suitable for people seeking a short term role.

Volunteer Commitment: Long Term
Is a DBS check required for this role?: Yes
Skills and Qualifications Required:

Talking to others, Listening, enjoy working alongside children and young people
Ability to liaise sensitively with a wide range of staff as well as children and young people's carers
Ability to build relationships with children and young people in a non-judgemental way when their values may differ from yours
Ability to promote the safety and welfare of children and young people

Are there any Gender or Age Restrictions?: Yes
Details of Gender or Age Restrictions: You need to be 18 or over
Do you pay expenses?: Yes
If yes, for what and at what rate?:

Out of pocket expenses for car mileage and cost of visit with young person

What support is available for the volunteer?:

Group support

What training is available for the volunteer?:

Safeguarding Training and Independent Visitor training