16 April 2018

Sheffield City Council is asking volunteers to come forward who want to make a difference to the lives of Sheffield’s young people in care.

They are currently looking for volunteers to befriend and visit young people in care. The volunteers, known as independent visitors, will go out once a month with a young person to do fun activities to help build a helpful, positive and consistent relationship.

Tom Ashford, 37, is an independent visitor and has been volunteering for over a year. He said: “I decided to become an independent visitor after hearing about the scheme through a friend.

“Positive, consistent role models are so important for young people and it’s something most of us take for granted. Spending just a few hours a month doing something they enjoy can make a huge difference. I really enjoy hearing their stories and I get to do fun activities too.

“I would strongly encourage anyone with an interest in sharing some positive experiences with a young person to volunteer. It’s only a few hours per month and I find it very rewarding.

Carly Speechley, Director of Children and Families at Sheffield City Council said: “We are looking for fun, reliable and enthusiastic volunteers who have a genuine interest in making a difference to the lives of Sheffield young people in care.

“Providing young people with consistent, positive adult child relationship is so important for our young people. This relationship can involve anything from playing football in the park to seeing the latest films or new things the young person wants to do.

“If you are over 21 and interested in applying please do get in touch.”

If you are interested in becoming an independent visitor, please email angela.taylor@sheffield.gov.uk or call Angela on 0114 2288522.