Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans for the young people of our Borough

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Independent Visitors Scheme

Can you give the gift of friendship and become an independent visitor?

We are looking for volunteers to spend time with young people over 8 years old who are in our care and would benefit from having a friendship with someone who would be a good role model and a permanent adult in their life.

Independent visitors need to be consistent and reliable in order to build a trusting, positive relationship with them over time. They will endeavour to become and remain a consistent adult in the child’s life who doesn’t change when placements or social workers change and will at all times stay child focused.

Independent Visitors befriend and advise the individual they are matched with. The child will have the opportunity to try new activities (for example bowling, visiting a park, fishing etc) and spend time with their independent visitor, away from their placement. Independent visitors are someone to ‘stick up’ for the child, to promote the empowerment of the child, and to make sure their rights are respected.

Further information is available from the National Independent Visitor Network


If you would like to find out more about this amazing opportunity, please call Sarah Allen on 01642 524752.