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Scheme to make a difference to Brighton and Hove children
8:20am Tuesday 29th January 2013 in News
Volunteers are to help youngsters who have had a tough start in life get out and about.
Brighton and Hove City Council’s Independent Visiting Scheme works with children in care who have little contact with their families but still need to have trustworthy, reliable adults around them.
The volunteers are ordinary people who have an active interest in the welfare of children and young people.
Among possible activities include going for a walk, going to the cinema, helping with school work or just listening and talking.
Leanne Griffiths, who supports a young girl and meets up every two weeks, says volunteering as an independent visitor complements her job as a teacher.
Ms Griffiths said: “I really enjoy my time with her and feel she really values our time together. Giving your time can seem like a small thing but it can mean an awful lot to a young person.”
Sue Shanks, chairman of the council’s children and young people’s committee, said: “If you think you could spare a small amount of time to make a big difference to a child’s life, we’d love to hear from you.”
Closing date for applications is February 18 and the training will be held on March 2 and 9.
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