Professional Zone

Join us as a volunteer to befriend children in care in Lincolnshire

Posted date: 
22 May 17

We’re calling for volunteers in Lincolnshire to join us as ‘Independent Visitors’ to befriend and support children in care in the County. If you’re interested in finding out more, you can come along to our information event in Lincoln on 26 May.

We work in partnership with Lincolnshire County Council to provide an Independent Visiting service for children aged between 8 and 18 in the care of the local authority. Independent Visitors are volunteers who provide a reliable and consistent point of contact for a child who is isolated and has limited or no family contact.

The volunteers meet with a young person regularly, undertaking activities and outings to help them build their confidence and self-esteem. Activities can include bowling, the cinema or sports, depending on the age and interests of the young person. Volunteers are there to listen to any issues or concerns the young person wants to discuss.

Through the Independent Visiting service, volunteers enjoy the challenge and rewarding experience of building a lasting friendship with a child in care, and the children benefit greatly from a constant, fun relationship with someone independent from the care system.

Here’s what some of our current Independent Visitors say about the role:

“We talk about friends, family, school, the future, exams, football and everything in between! He knows that I will listen and not judge. I know that he eventually won’t need me and when that day comes I will be so proud of the young adult he will have become.”

“I’ll never forget the time he said to me he’d had the ‘best day ever!’ To know you’re making a difference, no matter how big or small to the young person’s life is a wonderful thing.”

“There’s no reason why everyone could not be matched with a young person who would benefit from their worldly knowledge and experiences of life.”

“The visits give a young person a break from their routine of home life and school, and an outlet to talk if they need it. I’d heartily recommend it to anyone looking for something positive to do.”

If you feel you have the time and energy to devote to a child in care and would like to find out more about volunteering to be an Independent Visitor, come along to our information event.

The event takes place 6.30-8.30pm on 26 May at the Ibis Hotel, Whisby Road, Lincoln LN6 3QZ. For more information, please contact Kim Scott on 07940 754266 or kim.scott@coramvoice.org.uk.

Independent Visiting is a long-term, one to one commitment. Volunteers must be over 18 and will be subject to enhanced police checks. Full training and ongoing support will be given, and out of pocket expenses will be paid for mileage and activities.