We are looking for volunteers to visit, befriend and advise a child or young person, being looked after by Cheshire East County Council.
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.
** Due to COVID-19, no face to face volunteering is currently taking place. We are taking expressions of interest from potential volunteers and can start the recruitment process but a volunteer will not be matched with a young person without face to face training.**
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.
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
Out of pocket expenses for car mileage and cost of visit with young person
Safeguarding Training and Independent Visitor training