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The Rhema Pentecostal Church-UK (The RPC Family)
Derby, Derby
The Rhema Pentecostal Church-UK (The RPC Family)
Derby, Derby
Andrews Charitable Trust
Multiple Locations
Spring Harvest
Multiple Locations
Free accommodation (shared), three meals a day and travel expenses up to £80
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Cheshire West and Chester
Cheshire East
Greater Manchester
Voluntary, reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.
This recruiter is scheduling interviews as the applications come in. So apply now!
Job description

Can you help to support children and young people who are in care? Empowering them to grow and gain confidence? We support, advocate for and be-friend children and young people in care to ensure that no child feels alone.

Many children who are looked after would like 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.

Typical activities include:

  • Building a relationship with a young person through scheduling meet-ups with the young person, completing different activities such as going for food, playing football at the park or going to the cinema. Ultimately, going to have fun!
  • Listening to them and their views, supporting them with any issues 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 the 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. Recording case records of each contact with a young person and communicating this with the volunteer co-ordinator.

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 for our children that are in care. Following receiving your application, 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.

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 an application form (attached) to the email address provided.

Additional documents
Volunteer Application Form (.docx)
Role description for an Independent Visitor (.docx)
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More about The Children's Society
The Children's Society

Right now in Britain there are children and young people who feel scared, unloved and unable to cope. The Children’s Society works w... Read more

Posted on: 14 February 2020
Closing date: 10 May 2020
Job ref: Independent Visitor Volunteer for Cheshire East
Tags: Christian,Social Work
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