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Independent Visitor/ Advocate

Route 1 Advocacy

Name: Independent Visitor/ Advocate
Organisation: Route 1 Advocacy
Location: Route 1 Advocacy, PO Box 5176, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA22 8SN
Type: Part Time
Independent Visitor is a long term intervention. An Advocate is a short term intervention.


Spare time? Like children and young people? We are looking to recruit more volunteer Independent Visitors and Advocates for children in Somerset.
The roles:
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 :) A commitment of two years is required.
2. Advocate - join our bank of volunteer advocates - you decide your availability. Assist a child or young person to have a voice at meetings concerning their wellbeing. E.g. Child protection meetings, Children looked After meetings.
We will provide the training, support and out of pocket expenses.


Forthcoming Training Dates:

Programme 1: All Wednesdays 26th Feb, 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th March

Programme 2: All Wednesdays 20th, 27th May, 3rd, 10th & 17th June

Programme 3: 5 consecutive days 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th August.

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Organisation Description

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.


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Cause / Interests

  • Children
  • Young People

Types of Activity

  • Advice, Information and Support
  • Youth Work

Skills and Qualifications


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.

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 21
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: yes
Restrictions: Age/Gender Restrictions: None
Induction: NA
Insurance Cover: NA
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: Yes
Other: Access will depend on the place the volunteer is going to.

Recruitment Method

DBS Check