Advocates

Advocates work alongside individual children to ensure their voices are heard and their wishes and feelings are taken into account when decisions are being made which affect them. Each advocacy case is usually short term and there is no expectation of a long term commitment to a particular child. We have a bank of advocates and each one can agree to take on a specific case or not.

Independent visitors

Independent Visitors make a long term commitment to one child in care. They visit the child once or twice each month and sometimes more often, and build a trusting, supportive relationship and friendship that can sometimes last many years. This can bring life changing experiences and opportunities to a vulnerable child or young person.

Our Advocates and Independent Visitors are volunteers and they can:

  • act as both an advocate and an independent visitor if they wish
  • take part in an exciting and stimulating training programme
  • provide a highly valued service which can sometimes be life changing for a vulnerable young person and even for the volunteer themselves
  • improve the well-being of vulnerable children, our communities and even themselves
  • help ensure the child’s voice is heard and the child is empowered in such a way that their rights are recognised and acted upon.

If you would like to consider becoming a volunteer, please complete an application.

Route1 volunteer training

This is an exciting opportunity, previous experience is not necessary as full training is provided. Route 1 recruits and trains volunteer independent visitors and advocates. Volunteers may choose to do both roles. Route 1 provides a 5 day basic training course which all volunteers are required to complete. All Volunteers are required to attend the full 5 day course.

Basic Training Course content

  • Personal Skills and Qualities
  • Management and Support
  • Health & Safety and Equal Opportunities
  • How Children Learn
  • Communication
  • Risks
  • Boundaries
  • Confidentiality
  • Human Needs
  • Brain Development
  • Social Exclusion
  • Attachment
  • Experiences and Consequences
  • Values
  • Personal Space
  • First Aid
  • Safeguarding/Child Protection
  • Children Looked After/Independent Visitors
  • Care Leavers
  • IV National Standards
  • Your First Meeting

There are various courses throughout the year and are free of charge. All course material is provided. If a volunteer wishes to become an Advocate, they will be required to attend an additional 2 full training days.

Route1 volunteer training schedule

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February/March 2024 dates

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DateTuesday 27 FebruaryTime9.30am to 5pmVenueVenue in central Taunton
DateWednesday 28 FebruaryTime9.30am to 5pmVenueVenue in central Taunton
DateTuesday 5 MarchTime9.30am to 5pmVenueVenue in central Taunton
DateWednesday 6 MarchTime9.30am to 5pmVenueVenue in central Taunton
DateTuesday 12 MarchTime9.30am to 5pmVenueVenue in central Taunton
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Evening Option – April/May/June 2024 dates

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DateWednesday 17 AprilTime6pm to 9.30pmVenueVenue in Taunton
DateWednesday 24 AprilTime6pm to 9.30pmVenueVenue in Taunton
DateWednesday 1 MayTime6pm to 9.30pmVenueVenue in Taunton
DateWednesday 8 MayTime6pm to 9.30pmVenueVenue in Taunton
DateWednesday 15 MayTime6pm to 9.30pmVenueVenue in Taunton
DateWednesday 22 MayTime6pm to 9.30pmVenueVenue in Taunton
DateWednesday 29 May (this is half term week)Time6pm to 9.30pmVenueVenue in Taunton
DateWednesday 5 JuneTime6pm to 9.30pmVenueVenue in Taunton
DateWednesday 12 JuneTime6pm to 9.30pmVenueVenue in Taunton
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July 2024 dates

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DateWednesday 3 JulyTime9am to 4.30pmVenueVenue between Glastonbury and Bridgwater
DateThursday 4 JulyTime9am to 4.30pmVenueVenue between Glastonbury and Bridgwater
DateWednesday 10 JulyTime9am to 4.30pmVenueVenue between Glastonbury and Bridgwater
DateThursday 11 JulyTime9am to 4.30pmVenueVenue between Glastonbury and Bridgwater
DateWednesday 17 JulyTime9am to 4.30pmVenueVenue between Glastonbury and Bridgwater
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Week Option – August 2024 dates

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DateMonday 19 AugustTime9am to 4.30pmVenueVenue in central Taunton
DateTuesday 20 AugustTime9am to 4.30pmVenueVenue in central Taunton
DateWednesday 21 AugustTime9am to 4.30pmVenueVenue in central Taunton
DateThursday 22 AugustTime9am to 4.30pmVenueVenue in central Taunton
DateFriday 23 AugustTime9am to 4.30pmVenueVenue in central Taunton
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September/October 2024 dates

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DateWednesday 11 SeptemberTime9am to 4.30pmVenueVenue between Glastonbury and Bridgwater
DateWednesday 18 September Time9am to 4.30pmVenueVenue between Glastonbury and Bridgwater
DateWednesday 25 SeptemberTime9am to 4.30pmVenueVenue between Glastonbury and Bridgwater
DateWednesday 2 OctoberTime9am to 4.30pmVenueVenue between Glastonbury and Bridgwater
DateWednesday 9 OctoberTime9am to 4.30pmVenueVenue between Glastonbury and Bridgwater
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Saturdays – November/December – 2024 dates

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DateSaturday 9 NovemberTime9am to 4.30pmVenueVenue between Glastonbury and Bridgwater
DateSaturday 16 NovemberTime9am to 4.30pmVenueVenue between Glastonbury and Bridgwater
DateSaturday 23 NovemberTime9am to 4.30pmVenueVenue between Glastonbury and Bridgwater
DateSaturday 30 NovemberTime9am to 4.30pmVenueVenue between Glastonbury and Bridgwater
DateSaturday 7 DecemberTime9am to 4.30pmVenueVenue between Glastonbury and Bridgwater

Last reviewed: November 23, 2023 by Keir

Next review due: May 23, 2024

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