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07 February 2018

Volunteers needed as friends for children in care

Independent visitors can make a huge difference to the lives of children in care, but we need more volunteers

Laura Mayes, cabinet member for children’s services

Research shows many children in care would like to be offered the support of an independent adult in their lives; an extra person who can spend quality time with them, listen to their day to day concerns and take a special interest in their lives.

Wiltshire independent visitor scheme is expanding, and as a result we are looking for more independent visitors to take on this valuable and rewarding role. We are particularly looking for volunteers in the north and west of the county and  would also particularly welcome applications from volunteers who have the experience to support young people with more specific needs or disabilities, or those who may be willing to travel further afield than Wiltshire.

Laura Mayes, cabinet member for children's services said: "Independent visitors can make a huge difference to the lives of children in care, but we need more volunteers. Everyone is welcome to come forward to volunteer for this rewarding role, and we are particularly keen to broaden the range of volunteers available to match with young people."

Volunteers are needed who can communicate well with young people, share in their interests and who have regular time to spare. As one young person on the scheme put it:

"Kind people are the best; when people smile it makes your day!" 

This is a really great opportunity to make a difference to a young person's life. If you are interested in knowing more or perhaps know someone who might interested, please contact the scheme manager Sheila Lupton on 01225 713934 or 07733 303124 or email sheila.lupton@wiltshire.gov.uk.

Further information can also be found on our website.

Last updated: 7 February 2018 | Last reviewed: 7 February 2018

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