The Independent Visitors Project in Barnsley is run by Home-Start South Yorkshire.
What is an Independent Visitor? (IV)
An Independent Visitor is an adult who has volunteered to spend time with a young person who is in care.
An independent visitor is there just for the young person, and as the name says, are independent of the local authority, and care providers.
Independent visitors have been chosen because they are trustworthy, friendly, committed to the child or young person’s best interests and have things in common with the young person.
And they know how to have fun!
What does an Independent Visitor do?
The IV will meet with the same child or young person once a month and take them out on visits away from the care setting.
You and your young person can choose a fun activity, working within a set budget.
Enjoying positive activities together helps to build trust, confidence and boost self-esteem for the young person.
You will visit for as long as the young person wants you to, or until their 18th birthday.
How do I become an IV?
We welcome volunteers from all backgrounds, particularly male volunteers, aged 18 and above.
You don’t need any specific qualifications or experience, but you will need to be able to relate well to children and know how to have fun!
Attendance at our training course will help to induct you into the role, and answer any questions you may have.
Many children in care have experienced lots of rejection and we do not want our volunteers to add to this list. You will need to commit to a long term involvement with your young person.
All expenses will be reimbursed within the agreed budget too—we are looking for your time, not your money!
To quote one volunteer:
“We are one of the few people the children see on a regular basis that is not paid to look after them. We give the children a fun break from everything else that is going in in their lives”
And one young person:
“Me and my IV are really good friends. I trust her with everything. She has helped me build my confidence up, she’s helped me with school work and helped me be more independent.”
If you would like to get things moving call for a chat and to request an application pack…
Phone us on: 01226 245985
Email at: enquiries@homestartSY.org.uk
More information can be found here: new-vols-oct-16 Word document
Volunteer Application Form: iv-2016-vol-application-form Word document
Or click here to apply online