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VIVA (Volunteer Independent Visiting & Advocacy)

Volunteer Independent Visiting and Advocacy (VIVA) is an independent service, run by Oxfordshire County Council, providing children and young people with an independent visitor or advocate. An independent visitor is someone who can provide a long term, confidential, befriending relationship on a one-to-one basis with young…

Volunteer Independent Visiting and Advocacy (VIVA) is an independent service, run by Oxfordshire County Council, providing children and young people with an independent visitor or advocate.

An independent visitor is someone who can provide a long term, confidential, befriending relationship on a one-to-one basis with young people aged between 8 and 18 and adults who have social care up to age 25.

An independent advocate acts as a representative or assists the young person or young adult, between the ages of 8 and 25, with getting their voice heard. Advocacy can be short-term, to assist in a few meetings or to resolve a quick problem. However, in some cases it can become long term if the young person wishes to have the same independent advocate in several meetings.

Volunteers are not part of social care services but commit to make a difference to children and young people by volunteering their time with VIVA.

Who to contact

Telephone
01865 328670
E-mail
viva@oxfordshire.gov.uk
Website
https://livewell.oxfordshire.gov.uk/Services/3098/Volunteer-Independen

Where to go

Name
Law & Governance, Directorate for Resources, 4th Floor
Address
County Hall
New Road
Oxford
Oxfordshire
Postcode
OX1 1ND

Other Details

Availability

Referral required
Yes

Additional Information

Providing services to
Young people

Supporting people with
Physical disability
Hearing impairment
Visual impairment
Challenging behaviour
Learning difficulty
Mental health conditions
Autistic Spectrum Condition
Communication impairment

Last checked on 14/12/2020

Record managed by Oxfordshire Family Information Service

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