Suitable for -
Sova is a national charity which helps people to steer clear of crime and make better choices. We do this by working directly with those in trouble because of crime, drugs, unemployment, isolation or lack of skills.
The role of a Sova Independent Visitor is to build a healthy and child focused relationship with a young person who is in the care of the local authority; aiming to support them to grow in confidence, feel valued and thrive in their lives. IVs are usually matched to a young person according to a variety of considerations such as interests and hobbies. The IV will be fully trained for the role and will be supported throughout.
Individuals applying to become a Sova Independent Visitor will be required to demonstrate ability in the following areas:
o Understanding the role of volunteers
o Reliability and commitment
o Declaration of criminal record
o Ability to hold confidential information
• Personal approach
o Motivation to volunteer
o Self awareness
o Ability to accept failure
o Ability to give support
o Confidence and ability to deal with difficult situations
o Understanding personal boundaries
o Perceptions, assumptions and attitudes regarding looked after children
o Ability to work in a non-discriminatory way
o Respect for other people’s point of view
o Effective listener
o Appropriate non-verbal communication
o Adequate verbal communication
Visits mostly happen on weekends i.e. Saturday or Sunday for 2-4 hours.