Befriend and mentor children and young people that live in care. Volunteer in Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton, Redcar or Darlington. Fit meetings with the young person around your own commitments.
You might be 18 or 80 years old. You might have lots of experience working with children and young people or none at all. What really matters is that you want to guide, advise, listen and befriend young people and are willing to be a stable presence in their lives for at least a year. You will spend quality time with them and do activities together once or twice a month.
Children and young people will really benefit and you will too:
- Get training that will help you build your skills and perhaps your career
- Make new friends
- Have fun
- Feel like you are making a difference
- Get support from our staff
All of your travel costs and activity costs will be paid for by us.
He makes me feel comfortable to talk about worries and he is a good laugh, we have lots of fun.
Being an Independent Visitor gives me a sense of fulfilment by giving something back.
My mentor is always reassuring me and I always look forward to seeing her.
Hannah, Independent Visitor and now Psychology Graduate
“I have helped Anna to find something she enjoys in psychology. She’s also taken an interest in health and beauty… she is going into her second year of her health and beauty course”
“I am now in employment as a support worker”… “I feel that if I didn’t have this experience, I wouldn’t have been able to get the job I’m in”
Sam was taken into foster care at 14, after some really tough times at home. It wasn’t safe him living at home any more. Obviously this was a really upsetting change for Sam and it spilled out into problems at school, where he was close to being expelled.
Derik became Sam’s Independent Visitor and over the months built a really close relationship. They did all sorts together – from playing crazy golf and going to the cinema, to walks where they had time to just chat. Having Derik around made a huge difference to Sam. Sam’s foster parent said:
“Derik makes such a difference in Sam’s life and we have strong progress around behaviour and talking about feelings”.