An Independent Visitor is a volunteer, independent of social services, whose role is to befriend a young person in residential care or a foster home

Young people in care, would you like someone to have fun with, try new things with, listen to you and support you? Do you live in the North East? Then why not ask your social worker to get in touch with us and we will do the rest!

Adults, would you like to volunteer with us? And make a difference to a young person in care? Do you have 6-8 hours a month to spare on an evening or weekend when you could take a young person out and spend fun time together? If so then you could be that person we are looking for!

No qualifications are necessary, however full training will be given. Volunteer expenses, activity costs and mileage are covered, too.

Independent Visitors visit and provide time and support to someone who has little or no contact with members of their own family.

As with any friendship, this relationship may last for a number of years, so needs building over time and isn’t a short-term commitment. An Independent Visitor would be available to take the young person on outings or activities, to clubs, out for meals or just to offer friendly advice when needed. Activities would always be young person led.

An Independent Visitor works with one young person at a time. The “matching” process is two-way, with both the young person and the Independent Visitor deciding whether it's a good match for them.

If they are keen to proceed, then an initial meeting is set up with the young person between the volunteer co-ordinator and Independent Visitor. If that goes ok and both parties want to go ahead, the matching process is successful.