Are you a good role model?

Volunteers are wanted to be someone to look up to for young people.

No formal qualifications are required for the job, which involves meeting children in care once a month to help with their personal and social development.

Volunteers who take up the offer by Calderdale Council could do something as simple as taking the youngsters bowling after school or to the cinema at the weekend.

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To join the council’s Independent Visitors scheme, you need to have had some experience and contact with children and young people.

The council is seeking adults aged 21 or over who:

• Get on well with children and young people

• Have lots of patience and enthusiasm

• Can communicate easily with children and young people

Volunteers should be able to support a child or young person for at least 12 months.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet member for Children and Young People’s Services, Clr Megan Swift, said:

“We’re looking for patient and caring adult volunteers who can spare a few hours a month to be role models for children in care.

“An Independent Visitor is an adult volunteer who, in the short term, provides time and space for a child to try new experiences and develop different skills. In the long-term an Independent Visitor can help a child increase their self-esteem and confidence, encourage social interaction and raise their aspirations.

“By dedicating a few hours each month, you will spend quality time, one to one, with a child in care and become a positive role model for them.”

For anyone interested in giving their time to help a young person, there will be information sessions held this month (August) and full training starts in September.

To find out more about these sessions, or for more information, visit www.calderdale.gov.uk/independent-visitor , email sarah.maligranda@calderdale.gov.uk or telephone 01422 288251.