Independent visitors (IVs) play an important role in the lives of children and young people in care. They are volunteers who are trained to provide emotional support and guidance to children and young people who are in the care system.
Becoming an independent visitor can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience for many reasons. Here are just a few:
Make a difference in a child's life: IVs are there to support the child they are assigned to. By providing a listening ear and a supportive presence, IVs can help children and young people feel less alone and more valued.
Learn new skills: IVs are trained in a range of skills, such as communication, listening, and being a supportive presence. These skills can be useful not just in the role of an IV, but in many other areas of life
Give back to the community: IVs are volunteers and their role is to help make the lives of children and young people in care better. It is a meaningful way to give back to the community and make a positive impact.
Personal growth: Being an IV can be a challenging role and it can help you to develop your own emotional intelligence, patience, and resilience as you navigate the challenges that come with the role.
- Most Importantly...it's all about having fun! You and your young person get to choose what you want to do and combine your personal hobbies and interests with your IV role.
Overall, becoming an independent visitor can be a very rewarding experience. By providing emotional support and guidance to children and young people in care, IVs can help make a positive difference in the lives of these young people.
If you are interested in learning more about becoming an independent visitor, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us today!