Independent Visitors Croydon
Location: Bernard Weatherill House, Mint Walk, Croydon, CR0 1AE (see map)
Travel: South Croydon station. Coombe Road bus stop.
Start date: 01/06/2020 (ongoing)
What will I be doing?
- Support and befriend children via phone and videocall.
- Stay in regular contact with a young person to talk, be supportive, build a positive relationship and have fun.
- Be creative, use your experience and skills to offer caring support to develop their feelings of being connected and cared for and to start learning what healthy friendships are. All of our young people are different and we will support you to make a huge difference in their lives and their future.
- Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. We are particularly keen to recruit male volunteers and people from BAME communities. .
- You do not need any specific qualifications, experience or background to be an independent visitor. You just need to be positive, committed and willing to learn.
- During lockdown, visitors are in touch with their young people once a week for chats, check ins and catch ups.
An Independent Visitor holding a sign explaining why he volunteers
What impact will this have?
- Volunteers can make a real difference to a young person by building a sustained and caring friendship. They can help with school or college work or help a young person learn about their own or other people's culture. Most of all they help by being interested in and caring about the young person and their life.
- All the activities and interactions will be what the young person wants to do. These will be agreed with the Independent Visitor and their carers.
- This gives them the chance to have fun and make their own choices. Shared interests and experiences help the relationship grow.
- Just being there and being consistent is so important for our looked after young people.
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- We ask for volunteers to commit to a young person for a minimum of 18 months.
- However during the covid19 crisis we can also make short term matches between volunteers and young people.
What else do I need to know?
- To make sure all of the volunteers we recruit are safe and suitable for the role, volunteers must undergo a clear and comprehensive selection process involving interviews, reference checks, training and a panel interview. These are all conducted via video/phone.
- We will examine Children's Services records and carry out an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring) check. .
- These checks are carried out to ensure the safeguarding of young people and volunteers.
- We cover all expenses for the volunteers, including any incurred during activities and contact with the young person.
- A DBS check is required
About the organisation:
What skills will be useful?
- Foreign languages
- Advice and support
- Youth work
What skills can I gain?
- Advice and support
- Youth work
- We offer training, ongoing support and expenses for our volunteers so they can focus on the young person. During the Covid. 19 Crisis we have adjusted and are training volunteers and supporting matches via telephone, video link and email.
- All independent visitors have regular one to one and group support including reviews of the volunteer role. Once matched, You will be assigned a Volunteer Co-ordinator who will support you with any questions or concerns you may have on an ongoing basis. We will also support you to access further training to help in your IV role.
- The training includes sessions on: children's rights, safeguarding children, the role of an Independent Visitor, communication, confidentiality, Children's Services procedures, issues facing looked after children, and managing children's behavior.
- Once you have worked with a young person successfully for 6 months we will give references for you to that effect.
- We care about our volunteers and are always available for concerns, queries and advice.
Bernard Weatherill House, Mint Walk, Croydon, CR0 1AE