Independent Visitor/Befriender

National Youth Advocacy Service

Volunteer with us and you could make a real difference to the life of a child or young person. Have fun planning activities which could be a walk in the park, the cinema or learning a new skill.

Published On: 01/08/2023
About this opportunity from National Youth Advocacy Service

An Independent Visitor (IV) is an adult volunteer who befriends a young person in care and spends time with them a few hours once/month. Often, an IV is the only adult who is not paid to spend time with the young person which often leads to long lasting friendships.

Activities can involve developing new skills or practising new hobbies, or outings such as bowling, cinema trips or a walk in the park.

Each volunteer is carefully matched with a child or young person in care in their local area who shares similar interests. We currently have a long wait list of young people in Southend waiting for an IV. No Prior experience is necessary as all training will be provided.



Listening, Open minded, reliable

Activity Types

Supporting people and befriending


Children | Young People


The person would need to commit to a few hours once per month for a minimum of 2 years, after training.

Find out more

For more information about National Youth Advocacy Service and this role, visit them online.

To apply for this role, visit the Volunteer Essex website to register your interest.

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