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Sova is a national charity which helps people to steer clear of crime and make better choices. We do this by working directly with those in trouble because of crime, drugs, unemployment, isolation or lack of skills.

Our experience has shown us that for people to see new possibilities for themselves, they need to believe they can make good decisions. They need their family and friends. They need financial stability and the chance to work. They need a home. Quite simply, they need a second chance. Whether it’s about finding a job or friends, understanding how to manage money or discovering new prospects, we help people change their lives for the better.

We believe that stronger communities are built by looking out for those who, for whatever reason, find it difficult to access the opportunities available – looking out for people who are often sidelined by society.  

Our goal is to change this by working to give people a fair chance at changing their lives for the better.  

Sova Independent Visitors

The Children’s Act of 1989 introduced the role of Independent Visitors (IVs) for looked after children; their task is ”visiting, advising and befriending the child”

Looked after children are often at risk of social isolation, low educational achievement and can often face instability and uncertainty.

The role of the IV is to provide an adult who is separate from the professionals involved in the life of a looked after child, providing friendship, emotional support, someone to talk to and have fun with. The IV meets regularly (usually once a month) with their young person, developing a stable and enduring relationship.

With more than 140 staff and 850 volunteers, we deliver more than 40 projects across England and Wales, working with some of the most disadvantaged people in society. During 2014/15, Sova supported more than 8,000 people, providing a range of services, including:

  • Mentoring offenders
  • Drug and alcohol support
  • Helping people back into training and work
  • Supporting children, young people and families
  • Helping people improve their skills

Our current opportunities include; Independent Visitor

Contact: Emma Suddle

Tel: 07879085550

Email: emma.suddle@sova.org.uk

Website: www.sova.org.uk