Independent visitors are adult volunteers who provide independent, one to one support to Looked After young people in Gateshead.
Young people who are in care often experience a lot of disruption in their lives. An Independent Visitor is someone who can be a consistent figure in their lives, when there is no-one in their family who is able to take this role. An Independent Visitor is there to befriend a young person, offering them consistency, support, advice and encouragement throughout the time they are in care and often beyond this time. All those participating in the scheme take part on a voluntary basis.