Could you be an independent visitor (IV)?

Young person speaking to a womanCan you spare a couple of hours every two weeks? If so, why not volunteer to be an IV and make a difference to the life of a vulnerable young person. Becoming an IV is a challenging and rewarding experience.  

We are looking for reliable, dependable people from all walks of life and backgrounds who are willing to commit for a minimum of two years. We provide training and ongoing support and an opportunity to develop new skills.

What’s it like being an IV?

Read our volunteers’ stories.

What children and young people like about IVs

Children have said:

'Me and my IV have our ups and downs just like everybody else does but on the whole she is there for me. Our favourite hobby is going to the cinema and then for something to eat and to have a chat. We also like to go shopping.'

'The things I like most about my IV is her smile, laughter and sense of humour. She is great and I would not give our friendship up for anything in the world. My IV comes to my house every two weeks and she rings to say when she can next come. She has been my IV for four and a half years now and I am very proud of her for being a great friend and mentor to me.'

'My IV takes me out to the cinema. We go shopping together. She is nice and funny to be with all the time.'

Volunteer as an independent visitor

Read more about being an IV in our leaflet 'Support a Young Person' - Information on becoming an independent visitor. which includes a role description and person specification. 

Learn how to apply to work with us as a volunteer IV.

Are you already a volunteer with us?