|Name:||Independent Visitor/ Advocate|
|Organisation:||Route 1 Advocacy|
|Location:||Route 1 Advocacy, PO Box 5176, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA22 8SN|
Independent Visitor is a long term intervention. An Advocate is a short term intervention.
Spare time? Like children and young people? You could be:
1.Independent Visitor – An adult friend to a child or young person in local authority care. To meet every 2-4 weeks. A special person to talk to, have some fun with and create some positive childhood memories
Route1 delivers the Local Authority’s statutory responsibilities to recruit, train and support Independent Visitors and Advocates.
The Independent Visitor (IV) service provides long term support to children in the Local Authority’s care. To befriend and visit a child on a monthly or fortnightly basis. The IV can help by listening to what the child has to say, offer advice and support when needed and encourage fun activities.
The Advocacy service is available to all children and young people receiving services from Somerset Children’s Services. It is short term intervention and its purpose is to enable and empower children and young people to have a voice and participate within any decision-making processes. The advocate can present or support the child to present their views, wishes and feelings at Child Protection meetings, Family Group Conferences, Child Looked After reviews, Child in Need meetings, making a complaint and any other meeting concerning the child’s care.
We train and carefully match our volunteers with children and young people. All volunteers will receive on-going one to one support, will get to meet all the staff team and be provided with an allocated support worker.
Volunteers must be reliable and have good communication skills. They need to be able to praise young people's achievements, encourage feelings of empathy for others and encourage a positive view of society.
We will provide the training, support and out of pocket expenses.
|Restrictions:||Age/Gender Restrictions: None|
|Other:||Access will depend on the place the volunteer is going to.|