David saw an article in his local paper and decided that being an IV would be a worthy cause. He felt he could make a positive contribution to the life of a young person.
‘When I first began the training I found it quite daunting. It was a long process and you begin to realise how big a role it is, something you can’t take lightly. I remember thinking about the responsibility, but that it was something I could really commit to. The training brought home to me some of the difficulties that a young person faces in care.
‘Looking back at my first visit, I was quite nervous, not really knowing how the young person would be with me. We decided to go for something to eat and my fears were soon dispelled. We talked about anything and everything and even had some laughs.
‘You know there is always someone at the end of the phone if you have any problems. The staff have always helped and reassured me.
‘The most memorable time whilst being an IV was when we both went to the Blue Planet Aquarium. We spent a full day looking around and having something to eat. During the day we really began getting to know one another better and this is when the relationship really hit off. The challenge for me was forming a relationship with a young person who had been let down by male authority figures in the past and had no trust in them.
‘The advice I would give to a volunteer who is thinking of becoming an IV would be to keep things simple. The best times are when you are planning football or going for a walk in the park. Having a normal conversation can be so beneficial, and if they want to talk about their problems, they will when they’re ready. Listening and being there for them is all that’s needed.’