Volunteer independent Visitors
An Independent Visitor (IV) is an adult volunteer who befriends and develops a long-term friendship (minimum of 2 years) with a young person in care.
This can involve helping young people develop new interests, skills and hobbies or going on outings such as to the cinema, bowling or just a walk in the park.
The volunteers are called ‘Independent Visitors’ because they are a truly ‘independent’ person outside the care system giving the young person continuity, which is something not always possible with changing carers and social workers.
Each volunteer is carefully matched with a child or young person in care in their local area who shares similar interests.