I wanted to join the independent visitor groups as soon as my advocate told me about it. I wanted to do it because I love working with kids and I want to become a support worker in the near future, and I was in care myself so I can relate to the young people.
I help with the interviews and training the new Independent Visitors. An Independent Visitor is someone becoming a friend to a young person in care until they turn 18. The role includes taking the young person out once a month for 2-4 hours at a time.
For me, I found it easy doing the training and the interviews, but when it came to the workbook I found it hard because there were a lot of things that I didn’t understand by my advocate helped me understand the tasks I had trouble with.
It is easy to get involved with and you meet a lot of friendly people that are also involved and you get lots of help throughout.
I get a lot from being an Independent Visitor. It’s so rewarding working with young people, getting to them and just being there for them and knowing that they can always count on you.