Call for volunteers to befriend children in care in Lincolnshire

by | 26 September 2017 | Gainsborough, Local Charity

Coram Voice, a charity that supports children and young people in and around the care system, is calling for volunteers in the Gainsborough area to become ‘Independent Visitors’ and befriend and support children in care in Lincolnshire.

Coram Voice works in partnership with Lincolnshire County Council to provide an Independent Visiting Service for children aged between eight and 18 in the care of the local authority. Independent Visitors are volunteers who provide a reliable and consistent point of contact for a child who is isolated and has limited or no family contact.

The volunteers meet with a young person regularly, undertaking activities and outings to help them build their confidence and self-esteem. Activities can include bowling, the cinema or sports, depending on the age and interests of the young person. Volunteers are there to listen to any issues or concerns the young person wants to discuss.

Through the Independent Visiting service, volunteers enjoy the challenge and rewarding experience of building a lasting friendship with a child in care, and the children benefit greatly from a constant, fun relationship with someone independent from the care system.

Independent Visiting is a long-term, one to one commitment. Volunteers must be over 18 and will be subject to enhanced police checks. Full training and ongoing support will be given, and out of pocket expenses will be paid for mileage and activities. If you are interested in the role, please contact Kim Scott on 07940 754266 or kim.scott@coramvoice.org.uk.