An Independent Visitor is a volunteer who befriends and develops a long-term friendship 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.

We are looking for adults of all ages and from all walks of life who would like to make a significant and positive difference to the life of a young person.

No specific formal qualifications are required. All we ask is that you are open minded, patient, responsible and have a good sense of humour with the ability to relate well to young people and have a genuine interest in their well-being. Every young person in care has different needs but is carefully matched so that they have some common interests with the Independent Visitor.
We ask that you are willing to commit to a few hours once a month for a minimum of two years and be a consistent and trusted friend in a young person’s life. Many young people in the care system have experienced repeated changes and often you will be the only person in their life that is not paid to be with them.

Young people who want an Independent Visitor may be facing difficulties and situations you may not be familiar with which is why you will receive regular one to one support from your local NYAS Co-ordinator.
You will also be reimbursed for out of pocket expenses. This includes activities undertaken with your young person and an allowance for travel expenses. Any necessary training will be provided.

To make sure all of the volunteers we recruit are suitable for the role, you must undergo a clear and comprehensive selection process involving interviews, reference checks and training. We will carry out an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring) check and a digital risk assessment (DRA) to ensure the safeguarding of young people and volunteers.

If you are interested in this volunteering role in the Solihull/ Birmingham area please go to the nyas website ( and complete the application.