London Independent Visitors

Independent Visitor

Independent Visitors

We are looking for Independent Visitors in Greater London and surrounding area to work with Children aged between 5 and 18 years who are in Care. This vital work will see you mentor these young people, building long-term friendships that help them to access hobbies and build life skills.


Please note we only work with young people in the UK, and although based in London, some of young people are placed in areas all over the country including Norfolk, Birmingham, Wales etc. 


Independent Visitor

You will work with a dedicated young person for a minimum of two years.  In this time, you will support them in their interests, mentoring them to make their own decisions and being a positive influence during the time you spend with them.

Being an Independent Visitor means you will help through the good and tough times, helping the young person to explore their interests and the world around them.  Guiding and nurturing where it’s needed, having lots of fun and supporting them to understand themselves.

We will ask you to support the young person at activities and give your time generously, with a minimum commitment one monthly meeting for a minimum of two years.

You will have a full induction and comprehensive specialist training. We hold support sessions with other Independent Visitors as well.  Part of our commitment to you, is ensuring you are supported in the work you do, there is quarterly review meetings with your dedicated Coordinator.  They will discuss with you how the work is going and support with helpful advice if needed, we call this Supervision.  We also pay all agreed expenses and reimburse for mileage.

We would like to recruit a wide range of volunteers with different experiences and from different backgrounds, in order to support and benefit the needs of our young people, so if you would like support in writing your application, please do get in touch with us.


If you have any queries or would like support, please email: 


We ask a lot, but that’s because the children we work with deserve a lot.

Be rewarded and have new experiences, volunteer with us as an Independent Visitor.


Action for Children does what’s right, does what’s needed and does what works.

Our Vision

We recruit and match Independent Visitors (IV's), who are volunteer mentors to children in care and care leavers.

Our Independent Visitors are there to develop a long-term friendship with a young person and give them an opportunity to access hobbies and interests, gain independence skills and generally have a fun day out.