Independent Visitor Volunteers - Antser

Independent Visitor Volunteers

Reconstruct Children’s Services, part of Antser, are looking for trustworthy, committed individuals to befriend, visit and share activities with a young person in care.

We are currently recruiting for Independent Visitors – could this be you?

Job Role

Independent Visitor Volunteer

Location

Flexible - South West (Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset), Reading and Milton Keynes area

Dates

Immediate start

About Antser

Antser delivers transformational solutions to the health, education and social care sectors, in
partnership with local authority and independent providers.

Our solutions range from direct work with children and core compliance to transformation and
technology all with one aim in mind – to deliver better outcomes.

About the role

We are looking for friendly, reliable individuals who live in the South West (Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset), Reading and Milton Keynes area to join our team of Independent Visitors.

An independent visitor is a volunteer who visits, supports and befriends a young person in care between the ages of 8-18.

You will be a good role model and be able to visit for around three hours once a month every month building a long term positive relationship

You will be a friend and a positive adult who can offer sound advice, and enable a child or young person who is ‘looked after’ by the local authority, to have contact with someone who is independent of the Social Services Department.

As part of the role you will need to spend about 3-4 hours every month together, for a minimum of 2 years*, sharing activities and offering 1:1 time

*this is a minimum commitment as often volunteers will continue to visit the young person until they reach the age of 18

Main Tasks

  •  To visit a child/young person on a regular basis as agreed by the young person and their carers.

  • To give sound adult advice.

  • To befriend and take an interest in the young person ensuring, at all times, their personal safety and welfare.

  • To be aware of and seek to promote any needs the young person may have which relates to their ethnicity, religion, language, disability or other specific areas

  • To keep in contact with the Coordinators, Carers and Social Workers as necessary.

  • To respect confidentiality except where the child may be at risk of significant harm.

  • To contribute towards the child/young person’s social, emotional and educational development.

  • To support a young person in expressing their views and wishes.

  • To support the care plan for the child.

We offer a full support package including all training you need for the role by our team.

We will carry out Enhanced DBS and reference checks as part of our safer recruitment process.

It will be beneficial to have access to a car in this role, however is not essential.

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