Volunteer with children and young people who are in care

Would you be able to volunteer for Calderdale Council’s Independent Visitor service? We are looking for adult volunteers who can offer a regular commitment of 4-6 hours per month for 12 months or longer to support a young person who is in the care of Calderdale Council.

As an Independent Visitor you will support, advise and befriend a young person in local authority care. You can make a real difference by sharing a hobby, sport or interest, helping with school or college work and going on outings.

For more information see, Information for Independent Visitors [PDF file 227KB]


  • Do you get on well with children and young people?
  • Do you have ability to offer a befriending and supportive role to the children and young people that are looked after by Calderdale Council?
  • Can you show commitment to a child or young person?
  • Have you got a lot of patience?
  • Could you support a young person with challenging behaviour?
  • Can you travel across Yorkshire and adjoining counties?

Are you:

  • A good communicator with children, young people and adults.
  • Able to empathise with a child or young persons view, wishes and feelings.
  • Able to actively listen to a child/ young person without imposing their own views of opinions.
  • Willing to undergo a rigorous recruitment and training programme.
  • Aged 21 years or older.

Please note:If you, your spouse or partner is an employee of Calderdale Council you will be unable to apply to become an Independent Visitor.

For an information pack please contact: Sarah Maligranda on sarah.maligranda@calderdale.gov.uk, 01422 288253 or 077123 05058

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