3 Jun 2011

Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which celebrates the fantastic contribution that millions of volunteers make across the UK. The Week plays a huge part in raising the profile of the millions of volunteers who regularly contribute to society, while inspiring others to get involved too.

To highlight this contribution, there is a burst of activity during 1-7 June when organisations hold events and activities to highlight their volunteers and the volunteering that do. Sarah Randall

‘I really enjoy seeing my young person’

Sarah Randall is an Independent Visitor at Salford Children’s Rights service.  Here is her story: 

I have been an Independent Visitor (IV) and matched to my young person for roughly two and a half years.

He has moved a few times so the frequency of our visits and the activities we do depended upon his location. He now lives in North Wales, in a rural setting, so we are able to do more outdoor activities every three to four weeks. We have done lots together including going to a castle, dungeons, an old stately home, ten pin bowling, the cinema, ice skating, walks, pantomimes, Knowsley Safari park and out for a bite to eat.

Summers are great as we make the most of the outdoors, winters can become quite a challenge to think of something to do that is fun, interactive and cheap. What I like most of all though is the time we spend driving to our destination. He is a big fan of music, so he decides what CDs to play and we sing, well try to, and talk about music.

I really enjoy seeing my young person. He is a real inspiration and extremely brave. He is new to Wales and has worked really hard at fitting in with his new family and friends.

He loves doing things that most of us did when we were children but hasn’t always had the chance to do.

I always look forward to spending time with him and talking about new things important in his life. I think most young people benefit from a long term, consistent, trustworthy person in their life that they can build a meaningful relationship with. I am pleased I can do that for one young person and that it is based on him being a young person, not a young person in care.

I feel I benefit from supervision as it gives me the chance to reflect on how the relationship is going and see how we have grown to know each other better over time. I really enjoy the group activities we do with the other IVs and their young people as it encourages us all to work together and have fun.

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