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Location: Bernard Weatherill House , Croydon , London, CR0 1EA (see map)

Travel: East Croydon station. Katharine Street bus stop.

Start date: 30/09/2019 (ongoing)

What will I be doing?

  • Be the difference. Independent Visitors (IV) are matched 1 -1 with young people, (9-17 yrs) who are currently Children Looked After. These young people are in many locations across London, in the care of Croydon Council. The IV meets the young person every 2 -3 weeks, to have fun and be a support.
  • Independent Visitors take an active interest in the lives, hopes and concerns of young people and are there to listen and help.
  • Independent Visitors meet regularly with a young person to do activities together, talk, be supportive and have fun. This might be a trip to the cinema or bowling, a day out in London or just a coffee and a chat.
Volunteers

Volunteers

What impact will this have?

  • Independent Visitors are matched 1-1 with young people (9 - 17) in care with Croydon Council.
  • You will be helping to create a long lasting, meaningful relationship for young people whose lives are marked by change, a lack of continuity, role models and as a result struggle to trust and receive care. You can be transformative for children and young people whose experience of adults is formed by loss and unreliability.
  • Some young people will be outgoing and easy to get along with and others may take more time to get to know as they may be shy or nervous. Some young people will be active and energetic while others may be calm or more laid back. Some children may have emotional problems or difficulties with school or college work. Many have wonderful skills and talents.

When are you needed?

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Commitment

  • They meet every 2 -3 weeks. We ask for volunteers to commit to a young person for a minimum of 18 months.
  • Independent Visitors meet their young person every 2 -3 weeks for a few hours.Generally, the amount of time spent and frequency of visits are decided by the young person and you, with support and agreement from us.

What else do I need to know?

  • We are looking for people who are sensible, kind and young person focused, with or without specific experience. The most important personal quality is to be reliable as our young people need consistency in their lives. You must be able to be out volunteering on your own with a young person in public spaces around London.

Expenses

  • We pay volunteers allowances for agreed activities and transport costs. No volunteer should be out of pocket for anything they do as part of their role as an independent visitor.

Background checks

  • A DBS check is required

About the organisation:

Additional Information

What skills will be useful?
  • Academic
  • Interpersonal
  • Advice and support
  • Caring
  • Listening
  • Mentoring
  • Youth work
  • Practical
  • Professional
What skills can I gain?
  • Charity
  • Interpersonal
  • Advice and support
  • Caring
  • Counselling
  • Listening
  • Mentoring
  • Youth work
  • Leadership
  • Organising
  • Practical
  • Professional

Training

  • 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.
  • You will need to complete the Independent Visitor training before being approved as a volunteer. 

Location

Bernard Weatherill House , Croydon , London, CR0 1EA

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