Surrey Independent Visitor Service

Surrey County Council need volunteers to visit and befriend children in care

Invitation to an opening evening

Wednesday 17 October 2018
7pm to 8.30pm
Quadrant Court, 35 Guildford Road, Woking, Surrey GU22 7QQ

Tuesday 30 October 2018
7pm to 8.30pm
Consort House, 5-7 Queensway, Redhill, Surrey RH1 1Y

Introductory training course

Saturday 10 and 17 November 2018 in Leatherhead
(Volunteers needed all over Surrey - so please don't let the training venue put you off!)
Please contact Nicola or Sandy by email independentvisitors@surreycc.gov.uk or 
telephone: 01372 833359, 07815 951168 or 07815 707401

What is an independent visitor?

A volunteer who visits, befriends and advises children in care who are looked after by Surrey County Council and live in foster care or residential homes.

Who needs an independent visitor? 

Children and young people usually aged between 10 and 17 who do not have regular contact with a family member or where they would benefit from a regular visitor. Children are from all cultures and backgrounds. 

What happens on a visit? 

Anything that you both enjoy, from window shopping and fast food to dog walking, ice skating or rock climbing.

You get

  • enjoyment of giving your time to a child
  • immense personal satisfaction
  • initial and ongoing training
  • support and back up
  • reimbursement of agreed expenses

You give

  • one day per month, usually at weekends
  • a commitment to visit for at least two years
  • your energy and time to a young person
  • participation in independent visitor support groups and training
  •  your agreement to an enhanced criminal bureau check (DBS), reference and health check