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Volunteers are wanted to help children in care

January 3, 2019 12:14 PM
By Your WC

A Wiltshire Council-run scheme is looking for volunteers to spend quality time with young people who are living in care.

The Independent Visitor scheme aims to provide young people in care with independent support from a friendly trusted adult. It is very popular with young people, all of whom choose to be referred to the service.

The council would like to grow the scheme further over the next two years, so that more young people in care can benefit.

Since the scheme started, it has provided more than 200 young people with long term support.

Laura Mayes, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for children's services, said: "This scheme has proved to be invaluable for young people. For a young person in care, the availability of an independent, consistent role model can have a hugely positive impact.

"The scheme is just as rewarding for the volunteers who take part and I'd urge people to find out more information and get involved if they can."

To know more about the scheme and how to volunteer contact:

Anthony Andrews, Independent Visitor Scheme Support Worker, on 01225 713961 or 07423 680983 or email: anthony.andrews@wiltshire.gov.uk.

More information can also be found at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/children-young-people-independent-visitor-scheme.