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Volunteer Independent Visitor

Posted for Peterborough City Council - Independent Visiting Service

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Peterborough Independent Visitor Service recruits, trains and supports volunteers who are interested in becoming Independent Visitors (IV's) and supporting a young person in care. The young people could be living with foster carers or a residential placement within Peterborough and other counties around the UK. Independent Visitors (IV's), are volunteer mentors to children in care aged between five and nineteen. They are there to develop a long-term friendship with a young person and give them an opportunity to access hobbies and interests, gain independence skills and generally have a fun day out doing activities such as going for lunch, walks, cinema or bowling. Visits with the young person would take place once a month for a couple of hours. In return we provide you with training to introduce you to the service and develop your personal skills; you will also gain experience and a sense of self satisfaction. All out of pocket travel and expenses are reimbursed for volunteers.


Male and female volunteers are needed, you should be able to commit to at least two years, thereby providing the young person with long-term consistency, and be able to spare at least 2 hours per month. Skills.  Sense of humour  Patience  Understanding  Non-Judgemental  Reliable No formal qualifications required Education or training in child related areas desirable


  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
    Volunteers must be 21 years and over
  • DBS check required
    Enhanced DBs including the adults and children's barred lists
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    Visit budget of £40 per visit and Mileage reimbursed, receipts must be provided.
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description


This opportunity is available Countywide.

When do I need to be available?

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning No No No No No Yes Yes
Afternoon No No No No No Yes Yes
Evening Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Availability Details

Most of our young people will have free time for visits at a weekend, but occasionally they may be available of an evening or during school holidays.

Register your Interest


  • Children
  • Health and Social Care
  • Young People


  • Advice and Information
  • Support and Information
  • Supporting People and Befriending

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