Independent Visitor/ Advocate

Route 1 Advocacy

Name: Independent Visitor/ Advocate
Organisation: Route 1 Advocacy
Location: Route 1 Advocacy, PO Box 5176, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA22 8SN
Type: Part Time
Independent Visitor is a long term intervention. An Advocate is a short term intervention.


The overall purpose of an Independent Visitor and/or Advocate is to contribute to the welfare of a child by promoting their social, emotional and educational needs. They also encourage children and young people to exercise their rights and participate in decisions affecting them. They share, promote and encourage activities and interests. Advocacy is about speaking up for children and young people and helping them take part in decisions that affect their lives. It involves making sure their rights are respected, and their views and wishes are heard and acted upon by decision-makers.

Become a Volunteer Advocate/Independent Visitor
· Are you a problem solver?
· Do you like a challenge?
· Could you use your life experience to help a child or young person having a tough time?
Opportunities to suit your availability.

Quotes from volunteers:
· “Expect the unexpected”
· “The most coherent, competent training I have attended”

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Organisation Description

We provide advice and support to children and young people in Somerset.
An advocate is an independent person who can offer one to one support to children and young people. Advocates can speak up for the young person, give advice, make them aware of their rights, listen to them and represent their views, wishes and feelings. Their aim is to empower a young person by supporting them to have their say.


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Cause / Interests

  • Children
  • Young People

Types of Activity

  • Advice, Information and Support
  • Youth Work

Skills and Qualifications


Volunteers must be reliable and have good communication skills. They need to be able to praise young people's achievements, encourage feelings of empathy for others and encourage a positive view of society.


Talking to others

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 21
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: yes
Restrictions: Age/Gender Restrictions: None
Induction: NA
Insurance Cover: NA
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: NA
Other: Access will depend on the place the volunteer is going to.

Recruitment Method

DBS Check