Could you be there for a child in care?

Could you be there for a child in care?

Do you have a couple of hours a month to spare to make a real difference to a child or young person?

West Sussex County Council is looking for fun-loving, young-at-heart adults who would like to volunteer their time to help children and young people in care – and is inviting you to find out more at one of two library information evenings being held in August.

The Independent Visitor Scheme pairs potential volunteers, like you, with a child or young person living in care away from their parents and supports you to do activities that you’ll both enjoy.

As an Independent Visitor you would be matched with a child, whom you would visit regularly, spending time with them and taking an interest in their life.

Dependent on the child’s age, interests and needs you could spend time enjoying an activity together – from playing football in the park to chatting over a cuppa.

David, from Worthing, has recently become an Independent Visitor to a teenage boy in foster care. He said: “Having only just started, I can already see how rewarding it is to be someone who genuinely listens to what he is saying.

“What is so nice is that both of us will benefit from our time together.”

To help people find out more, the County Council is holding information evenings at Worthing Library, Richmond Road, Worthing, on Tuesday 11 August and Bognor Regis Library, London Road, Bognor Regis, on Thursday 27 August. Both events will start at 6.30pm with refreshments from 6pm.

Volunteers from a variety of backgrounds are needed to meet the needs of children and young people accessing the Independent Visitor Scheme.

Full training is offered to volunteers and you will be fully supported by the Independent Visitor Scheme Co-ordinator.

Expenses are paid, so volunteering for the scheme won’t leave you out of pocket and you’ll get to experience some great days out with a fantastic young person.

For more information, visit www.westsussex.gov.uk and search ‘Independent Visitor’.