Do you want to make a huge difference to someone’s life?
Do you enjoy going to the cinema, cafés or playing football? If so, why not become an Independent Visitor volunteer and make a huge impact in a young person’s life by building not only rapport, but confidence – you may even enjoy yourself at the same time!
If you have 4 hours a month to spare, you can be a truly significant and positive influence on a young person, who may lack an adult role model to enjoy life’s simple pleasures with or gain emotional support from.
Like some young people, Paul 15 has lived most of his life in care and foster housing and has received regular support from various organisations, including No Limits’ Advocacy service. Aside from the essential help he has been provided, Paul would love a mentor, a supporter, a friend -someone he can relate to, talk to and spend time with – independent of an official capacity. Like Paul, other young people require a male IV and currently demand is outstripping supply.
No Limits will provide necessary training for our Independent Visitor Volunteers (IVs), support and expenses, to enable the successful relationship between young person and IV to continue for at least a year. We ask that you as a volunteer are committed enough, so a sustainable relationship with the young person can be managed. Many individuals in care and foster homes lack the consistency many are fortunate to have and we want to nurture the rapport with the young person, over a minimum period of time. No Limits will assist the process and facilitate the Independent Visitor volunteer, so the needs of the young person can be met.
Try our statistics quiz on young people and care – it may surprise you (answer at the bottom)
#1 How Many children are in care at any one time in the UK?
33,000 88,000 44,000 91,000
#2 What percentage of looked after children were in foster care placements?
20% 50% 73% 49%
#3 What % of care leavers go onto University?
45% 62% 6% 15%
#4 In 2010 1 in 10 children had how many different placements? (foster care)
5 10 3 1
#5 By the age of 19, how many care leavers are not in education, employed or training?
1/3 ½ 80% 60%
Imagine the huge difference you could make by spending time with a young person who just needs encouragement, support and your time. Many youngsters would benefit from spending time with an unbiased adult who can listen to problems, or take a young person to a café for a cup of tea and cake.
No Limits needs you! You can apply by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 023 8023 6237 and visiting http://nolimitshelp.org.uk. You do not need youth work experience just a positive attitude, commitment and a wish to be a encouraging and consistent influence on a young person.
#1 91,000 #2 50% #3 6% #4 5 #5 1/3