Volunteers urgently needed for Kirklees Independent Visitors Scheme

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We are looking for people to apply for our Kirklees Independent Visitors Scheme who can spare a few hours a month to help support a vulnerable child or young person and make a difference to their life. Looked after children (children in care) throughout our area need an adult who has time to spend with them, take them on activities and outings and be someone they can talk to and trust.

The children and young people who would benefit from an independent visitor come from a wide range of backgrounds. Some are younger children, but the majority are teenagers.

You need to be committed to the safety and well-being of children. You need to be over the age of 18 and have the skills to befriend, listen to and support young people and be able to commit to the scheme for at least a year.

Cllr Erin Hill, our Cabinet member for Family Support and Child Protection, said:

Independent visitors can play an incredibly positive role in the life of a looked after child.

They provide friendship, advice and support and are sometimes the most consistent person in the young person’s life.

The difference can be made by something simple yet important, such as being a good listener or helping them to connect with new people and experiences.

In Kirklees we do a huge amount of work with our looked after children and young people. Independent visitors add another vital layer to that support.”

As an independent visitor you will receive training to prepare you for the role, together with peer support and on-going supervision and development. You are reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses. This is a fantastic opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills and gain valuable experience.

Want to get involved?

Find out more on the Independent Visitors Scheme webpage

You can also email christopher.berridge@kirklees.gov.uk

Closing date for applications is 16 January 2016

 

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