Independent Visitors are volunteers that befriend and support you during your time in care. Our Independent Visitors can support and guide children and young people in Rochdale.

What is an Independent Visitor?

An Independent Visitor is someone who is independent from your social worker or care home. They will visit you on a regular basis and be a source of support when you need it.

An Independent Visitor is interested in you and you only. They will help and guide you during your time in care and be someone you can trust and talk to.

What does an Independent Visitor do?

An Independent Visitor is just like any other friend, except they are a fully-fledged responsible adult! You can ask your Independent Visitor anything or talk to them about what’s on your mind.

Independent Visitors are real people with real life experiences and can be very interesting people to talk to. Sometimes we call them ‘role models’ because they can inspire and motivate you.

They are not paid to be there, they are there because they want to be.

An Independent Visitor will:

  • Be a friend
  • Listen to you about anything – whether it’s a funny story or something more serious
  • Help you during difficult or confusing times
  • Support your hobbies and interests and help you develop new ones
  • Take you out to places, such as to the cinema or for a walk
  • Be someone you can trust

Your Independent Visitor will have been carefully matched to you based on their hobbies and interests.

The most important thing to remember is that they are completely separate from social services and the care system.

Whatever you say to them is completely confidential unless there is a concern for your safety.

How do I get an Independent Visitor?

If you would like an Independent Visitor, you can download a referral form right here on this web page. Simply fill it in and email it back to us. You can also ask your social worker to do this on your behalf if you wish.

You can also call our Children and Young Person's Helpline on 0300 303 4170 for more information, or speak to us online now online via our Live Chat.

  • This service is only available in Rochdale.

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