Training and support for independent visitors
To become an independent visitor, you need to complete our training programme successfully. This takes place in the evenings and at weekends. There are about eight sessions to complete with an assessment at the end.
In addition, we run volunteers’ evenings six times a year with guest speakers and trainers. We will let you know about any additional training available to you through our networks.
We are always at the end of the telephone and you can drop in and see us anytime. Or you can email us and we will get back to you.
We provide at least two face-to-face opportunities a year for you to meet our IV Co-ordinator and to discuss general matters. We call these ‘supervisions’.
We provide group activities with other volunteers and young people in the summer holidays and at Christmas.
Feedback from volunteers on the training
‘Was really good to meet with other IVs… discussions all useful, just to share ideas and learn different ways of working with young people from each other.’
‘Gave me an insight into children in care and would recommend it to other people.’
On the style and presentation of the trainers
‘Great, very informative and professional, very relaxed atmosphere with approachable staff.’
‘Really good, all the information was presented very clearly and we were always kept active.’
‘Very friendly, helpful and supportive! Full of useful info and also answered questions.’
’I felt confident after the training.’
On the value of involving of young people in the training
‘As we are going to be working with young people/children it is important to hear their views directly from them.’
‘Hearing about what they are going through and how an IV helps them is the best encouragement that we can get.’