Children and Young People's Volunteer -Lydney

Children and Young People's Volunteer -Lydney

Organisation role · 2–4 hrs/month
Lydney, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
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Supporting Children and Young People in foster or residential care.

Detailed description

Our Independent Visiting service is looking for volunteers in or near to Gloucestershire.

  • Are you passionate about wanting to help young people?
  • Do you have 2 to 4 hours to spare, once a month?
  • Are you ready to make a long-term, regular, commitment?


If the answer is yes and you would like to support a child or young person currently in the care of their local authority, then we would love to hear from you.

Become an Independent Visitor

We are looking for fun, reliable, and enthusiastic volunteers from all different cultures, backgrounds and experiences who have a genuine interest in making a difference to the lives of children and young people.


You will decide with your young person what to do, but activities could include going to the cinema, bowling, playing football, going to a restaurant, riding a bike, or walking in a park. We will match you with a child you share common interests with.


You do not need experience of working with children and young people, just an interest in their development and welfare. Full training and support are provided.


Here’s a few of the young people we have waiting for a volunteer

  • Amy (12) lives with an older carer, she would like an active Independent Visitor who can do sports with her.
  • Brad (13) lives in residential care with other young people, he doesn’t have anyone in his family visit. He would like an Independent Visitor to take him out and have fun, like the other young people.
  • Cassie (16) lives with cares in a new town, she doesn’t have any friends in the area yet. She would like an Independent Visitor to help with her confidence and going out in the local area, she loves hot chocolate and cake.  
  • Danny (11) lives with foster carers and attends a special school. He would like an Independent Visitor to help him be more independent, he likes parks, aeroplanes, and animals.
  • Emma (9) lives with her carer in a very busy household, she would like an Independent Visitor to spend some time with her on her own trying different activities together. 

           *names have been changed

 The Application

  • Volunteering mainly happens at weekends and after school hours as the young people are usually in school during the daytime
  • The role requires commitment of at least 24 months with one visit per month; this ensures stability for the Child or Young Person
  • Complete the Personal Statement section on the application form as fully as possible; tell us all about you; it forms part of the shortlisting process

Our values are to be Compassionate, Open and Bold. If this sounds like you, please click the apply button. Alternatively, if you would like to discuss the role in more detail, please call or email and we will be happy to help.

Please note that we require you to be 18 years of age or older to be considered for this volunteering role.

This post is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Scheme check at a enhanced level.

To apply, please click 'Join'. We will then be in touch to discuss the next steps with you.

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About Change, Grow, Live

Our mission is to help people change the direction of their lives, grow as individuals, and live life to its full potential.

The vision we're working towards is to develop, deliver and share a whole person approach that changes society.
We exist to help people achieve their goals, to be the best that they can be and to help change society for the better. This is true whether we are talking about the people who use our services, our staff or our volunteers.

We are not in control of everything that impacts upon the people who use our services. However, we are in control of what we do, how we behave and where we focus our expertise, resources and energy.

Our aim is to work together to challenge stigma and oppression. We want our charity to be a place where our staff and people who use our services are respected and engaged. Ultimately we want to make life safer, easier and better for as many people as we can.