Professional Zone

Volunteer to befriend a child in care in London and the South East

Posted date: 
17 Jul 17

We’re calling for volunteers in London and the South East to join us as ‘Independent Visitors’ to befriend and support children in care in the region.

Independent Visitors are volunteers who provide a reliable and consistent point of contact for a child in local authority care, who 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.

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.

To find out more and to apply to join as us a volunteer Independent Visitor, please visit our Independent Visitors page.