A Wiltshire Council scheme that helps provide valuable support for children in care has been awarded a national quality standard.
Wiltshire Council’s Independent Visitor Scheme has just been awarded the “Approved Provider Standard” – a national quality standard issued by the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation in conjunction with the National Council of Voluntary Organisations.
Independent Visitors are adult volunteers who are linked with young people living in care. They offer regular support as well as a friendly, fun and independent source of advice and support. The scheme is extremely popular and currently supports 37 Wiltshire young people both within and outside the county borders.
Mentoring and befriending projects nationally that are awarded the Approved Provider Standard demonstrate they are providing a safe and effective service in all key areas. Wiltshire Independent Visitor Scheme was found to meet all requirements fully, and the assessor commented on strengths within every core performance area of the project.
The assessment report concluded that “The value of the scheme to volunteers and young people was evident…”
One young person interviewed as part of the assessment said it had been “…great to always have someone there”
Laura Mayes, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for children’s services said: “We’re delighted our scheme has been recognised for the fantastic and really worthwhile support it provides young people.
“We are always on the lookout for more volunteers to come forward and we hope this accreditation will help bring in an influx of people looking to carry out this important role.”