Independent Visitor

Independent Visiting Service, Brighton and Hove City Council

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Our next training session scheduled for June 5 and 6 2020 has now been postponed due the current situation with Covid-19 and we will confirm new dates for later in the year as soon as possible.

We are looking for people from a variety of backgrounds to become Independent Visitors.  An Independent Visitor is a volunteer who spends quality time with a child or young person in care for a few hours every couple of weeks.

Many children in care are teenagers so we are particularly looking for people who are interested in working with this age group. No formal qualifications are required - just a genuine commitment to children and young people. If you are over 18 and are interested, we'd like to hear from you.

We are particularly keen to recruit more male Independent Visitors as well as Independent Visitors who live in or would be prepared to travel to West Sussex and other areas outside of Brighton so that we can provide a service to the young people living in placements outside of Brighton and Hove.

Independent Visitors do not take on a parenting role, they are there to provide a sense of 'normal' life to a young person who is living in a children's home or who has moved among numerous foster placements.

Independent Visitors are not like parents, social workers, or carers - that is why they are called 'independent'. They are ordinary people, like you, who volunteer their time because they like children and young people.

Volunteers will receive training. Once through the recruitment process, volunteers are carefully matched with young people. We consider hobbies and interests, racial and cultural backgrounds, and preferences regarding age and gender of both the child and the volunteer. When a match is made, there is a trial period of five or six visits before a definite commitment to is made.

Once established in the role, volunteers are provided with opportunities for individual and group support, as well as further training and social events. This role is unpaid, but volunteers can recover expenses, including transport and some money for activities.

You can contact the Independent Visitor Coordinator for an informal discussion, 01273 295510

Skills

No formal qualifications are required - just a genuine commitment to children and young people. If you are over 18 and are interested, we'd like to hear from you.

It is desirable that you have some experience of children and young people either personally, professionally or through voluntary work.


Benefits

Benefits of the opportunity:

  • Gain skills through experience and training to add to your CV.
  • Meet new people and work as part of a dedicated Independent Visiting team.
  • Make a real difference to the life of a child or young person who is in care.

Practical Considerations

Practical considerations

Our office is off the Lewes Road about 5 mins away from the main bus route which is serviced by the 49, 23, 24, 25, 28, and 29 buses. We are also about 20 minutes walk from Moulsecoomb train station.

The South Hub building can be accessed by foot from the Lewes Road, up through Hodshrove Lane, which will take you past on your right hand side Moulsecoomb Primary School and Moulsecoomb North Hub Building.

Moulsecoomb South is the next entrance on the right.The Moulsecoomb South Hub Building is located at the end of the car park and is directly next door to Moulsecoomb Children's Centre.



When do I need to be available?

Details Our next training session will be Friday 5th and Saturday 6th June 2020 10am - 4pm. Volunteers will need to attend both days.
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Where does this role take place?

Independent Visiting Service 67 Centre
Hodshrove Lane
Brighton
East Sussex
BN2 4SE

Register your Interest

  • Details
  • Disabled Access
    Our building is accessible
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
    Travel and some money for activities can be recovered by volunteers
  • Health and Safety
    Policy and training cover this
  • Induction
    Yes - two full days training and ongoing training and support
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Other
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
  • Suitable only for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BAME, Women only)
    Over 18
  • Support on Offer
    Flexible support available
  • This role is adaptable for different abilities
  • Training
    Rolling programme run by Brighton and Hove City Council available to volunteers