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Appeal for young people to befriend children in care

Peterborough City Council has called for volunteers to help out and befriend young people in care.
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During the pandemic, children in care have been isolated with lockdown having huge negative outcomes on their mental health. Ofsted has reported higher levels of anxiety and self-harm among children in care.

Peterborough City Council is now appealing for volunteers to befriend children in care.

The appeal for new volunteers comes during Befriending Week, which aims to highlight how befriending services have become lifelines for many isolated people.

Volunteers can have new activities with the young person they are matched with and will be making a huge difference to their life.

All volunteers will have to be over 21 and will be provided with training, support and supervision.

The council aims to pair people with similar interests together, with many volunteers developing strong bonds with the young person they are paired with.

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Volunteers can befriend young people with similar interests acting as a positive role model. Children's Commissioner

This opportunity provides the chance to be a positive and supportive influence, encouraging disadvantaged children to make positive decisions about their own life.

Volunteers will visit a child or young person once a month for a few hours to do activities such as going out to lunch, watching a film or something more active.

Steve Allen, the council's cabinet member for housing, said: “Independent visitors can bring so much joy to a young person who may have had a very difficult start in life.

“If you can spare a few hours each month to share with a young person to help build their confidence and give them something to look forward to, please do get in touch. It is such a rewarding role.”

To get involved and receive more information or advice on how to become a volunteer, email IV.service@peterborough.gov.uk.