Do you want to make a difference to a young person's life?
This role involves befriending children and young people, usually ages 10-18 years old, who do not have regular contact with a family member or who would benefit from the service. The commitment required is to visit them once a month for at least 4 hours.
This is an opportunity to take out a young person on a fun activity and give them a person who can be consistent in their lives. These children have suffered a lot of disruption and have often been let down by adults. In the role, by being in regular monthly contact with them, you could make a significant difference to their lives doing ordinary things with a smile. Current volunteers have identified that two of the benefits that they get as a volunteer is that they have made a new friend and gained immense personal satisfaction.
There is a thorough induction programme lasting 6 months plus, commencing with a 2-day introductory training course on saturday 7 and 14th of November in Leatherhead and regular further assessment. There are monthly support meetings for all volunteers. Where possible, visits are arranged as near to the volunteer's home as possible. Reimbursement of agreed expenses will be provided. We need volunteers all over Surrey – so please don’t let the training venue put you off!
If you are not sure if this role is for you - come along to an Open Evening where you will be given an insight into what it would be like to be an Independent Visitor. Some existing Independent Visitors will be there, sharing their experiences, and will be happy to answer any questions that you may have. During the course of the evening the assessment and approval process will be explained to you. Open Evenings are to be held on Tuesday 13th October in Woking and Wednesday 21st October in Redhill between and 7.00pm and 8.30pm in the Council offices. Or you can attend by virtual meeting. Travel expenses are paid.
What skills do I need?
Must commit to volunteer once a month for 2 years and have have access to a car.
Register your interest
Between these dates: 21/07/2020 - 04/10/2021
On these days:
Surrey Independent Visitor Service
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