At Change Grow Live (CGL) we recruit, train and support Independent Visitors (IV) for children and young people who are in care.

Our Independent Visitors encourage young people to demonstrate resilience and support them to gain skills required to make the transition to independent living. Volunteers are matched with a child or young person, aged 8 to 18, who needs extra support and encouragement, often because they have little contact with their own families or because it would be in their interests to receive additional 1:1 support. The IV can promote long term outcomes such as reducing social isolation, raising aspirations, increasing independence skills and provide support to build social skills, confidence and self-esteem.

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable young people? Our volunteers are fully trained and you will be offered the opportunity to gain CERTA accreditation. Volunteers are fully supported and receive regular supervision. All volunteer expenses are reimbursed. All volunteers are required to complete an enhanced DBS check and will be expected to commit to meeting with their young person for 2-4 hours per month for at least two years.

A CGL mentor is a consistent, reliable person in a young person’s life, who acts as a positive role model throughout their transition from care to independence. Support is target specific as the young person will have a specific need or aim that they need to overcome or achieve.

Volunteers are required to be over 18 years of age, complete an enhanced DBS check, provide two references, complete an interview and attend training too.