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Do something amazing in your spare time: Independent Visitor Programme

Want to do something amazing in your spare time? Coram Voice are recruiting Independent Visitors to volunteer in Manchester and throughout the North West.

“Independent Visitors” are to help young people in care to meet their full potential. You will be important to the child who you visit and befriend and will provide a listening ear and do fun activities with them. You will receive full training, support for yourself and be put in touch with other Independent Visitors for peer support and advice. You will also receive expenses. The biggest reward, though, is that knowing you are doing something worthwhile with a young person and giving them the opportunity to develop a meaningful relationship. We are particularly interested to hear from males and people from black minority ethnic groups who are under-represented in our service.

We are running two information sessions at the University of Manchester, where you can come along and find our more. One on 27 February 5:30 – 6:30pm and one on 8 March 1:30 – 2:30pm.

To book – please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/independent-visitor-information-session-tickets-31258676543

Download information brochure – Manchester IV leaflet for potential volunteers 2017 (pdf)

My experiences of being an Independent visitor: “Independent visitors (“IVs”) are adults who are trained up and supported be a trusted friend and informal mentor to one of Manchester’s many young people who are in care. I’ve been an IV myself, and really enjoyed it, and I’m happy to answer any questions. It was incredibly rewarding getting to know a remarkable young person, increased my cinema-going and kept me up-to-date with slang. –  Emma Lewis-Kalubowila (Emma.Lewis-Kalubowila@manchester.ac.uk)

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