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Could you be ‘the Right Friend’ to a vulnerable youngster?

People, Health and Care
13:56, Tuesday, 6th October 2020

North Lincolnshire Council is urging people to volunteer to help children and young people in the care of the local authority who are looking for ‘the Right Friend’.

As we adapt to social distancing it has changed the way youngsters interact with friends, teachers and trusted adults.

And as everyone adapts to the new situation, volunteer Independent Visitors are continuing to stay in contact with children and young people.

They are listening to them and providing stability to youngsters who could be feeling lonely, isolated and anxious.

#RightFriend is a campaign calling on people to volunteer as Independent Visitors and be ‘the Right Friend’ to children and young people in the care of the local authority who have little or no contact with their family.

To volunteer for this rewarding role you need to be 18 or over and able to offer fun, friendship and support by meeting up with the child or young person for a few hours every month.

Over time it is hoped that you will become an important person in their lives and remain a constant figure through any changes that may occur.

For every young person there is a ‘Right Friend’ – it could be you.

People interested in becoming an Independent Visitor can find out more details on the North Lincolnshire Council website, by emailing independentvisitors@northlincs.gov.uk , or calling 01724 297256 for an informal chat about the role.

Full training and support is provided and reasonable expenses are reimbursed. You will be matched to one child or young person at a time.