North West
Job description
Can you help to support children and young people who are in care, empowering them to grow and gain confidence?

Many children who are looked after would benefit from an adult in their lives who is not paid to be there, like their social worker or foster carer. This is where an Independent Visitor can help. They provide a good, stable role model for the young person by visiting them, listening to them and taking them to activities.

The key activities of this role include:

-Building a supportive and trusting relationship with a young person

-Scheduling meet-ups with the young person and undertaking different activities the young person is interested in, such as going for food, playing football in the park or going to the cinema.

-Listening to them and their views, supporting them with any issues appropriately and encouraging the young person to engage with other services as appropriate.

-If requested, to provide contribution to a review meeting with the local authority, which reflects the child's/young person's viewpoint. This can be either in writing or by invitation of the child/young person to attend.

-Communicating any safeguarding concerns with the Volunteer Co-ordinator or relevant agency (children's social care, police) as appropriate.

-Submitting contact notes after each contact / visit with the young person and attending agreed supervision sessions as part of your role (this refers to one-to-one meetings with the Volunteer Coordinator and sometimes group sessions with other volunteers).

Ideally, we are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to support our work by giving 3/4 hours once per month to meet with a child or young person in the early evening (after school) or at weekends. Dependant on the volunteer and young person, the frequency of visits could be increased to once every two weeks.

Children in care experience frequent change and we would like independent visitors to offer them some stability, therefore we ask volunteers to commit to two years.

The children that we work with are looked after by Cheshire East but live across Cheshire, with some in Shropshire, Greater Manchester and the Peak District. There may be a degree of travel for volunteers, but we would try to match volunteers based on area and keep any travel times under 30 minutes.

This is an ongoing role and we are continually recruiting Independent Visitors to meet the needs of the young people we support.

Following receiving your application, if you're successful at this stage, you will be invited to an informal chat to discuss the role further with the Volunteer Coordinator.

You do not need any qualifications, we will provide full training for this role and you will have regular support and supervision from the Volunteer Coordinator.

How to apply

The role description provides more information on the tasks that might be involved. Please have a read and if you would like to apply, please email Avril Wyke, Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected]
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Posted on: 02 July 2020
Closed date: 01 August 2020
Job ref: 3785
Tags: Support Worker