Spurgeons children’s charity is looking for volunteers to befriend children in Bedfordshire. This unique opportunity looks to match Independent Visitors (IV) with children who are looked after by the local authority.
Independent Visitors undertake activities and outings with a young person helping to build their confidence and self-esteem. Outings may include bowling, going to the cinema, a walk in the park, sporting activities or sometimes days out to local attractions. The project aims to make a real difference to a young person by encouraging a shared hobby, sport or interest.
Spurgeons welcomes volunteers from all backgrounds. It is keen to recruit male volunteers, as older boys often prefer to be matched to male volunteers. It also particularly welcomes applications from people from ethnic minority communities as children often want someone who can help them with their cultural identity. As looked after children may have experience repeated rejection in the past, this role should be viewed a long term commitment where volunteers aim to build an ongoing friendship with the young person.
As the protection of children is of paramount concern, all volunteers must undergo a clear and comprehensive selection process including a disclosure and barring (DBS) check. Rigorous training is provided before an Independent Visitor is matched with a child and ongoing support is always available.
One Independent Visitor said: “I have become a good friend to my young person. She appears very comfortable when she’s with me and we have a lot of fun and laughter.”
A child who has benefited from the service said: “It’s great going out with my IV because we have loads of fun.”
If you would like some more information or to get involved contact Jas Rallowal on 01902 877559 or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org