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

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January and February 2023 dates

Weekend option

Saturday 21 January9am to 4.30pmHeld at a venue between Bridgwater and Street
Saturday 28 January9am to 4.30pmHeld at a venue between Bridgwater and Street
Saturday 4 February9am to 4.30pmHeld at a venue between Bridgwater and Street
Saturday 11 February9am to 4.30pmHeld at a venue between Bridgwater and Street
Saturday 18 February9am to 4.30pmHeld at a venue between Bridgwater and Street

March 2023 dates

Wednesday 15 March9am to 4.30pmHeld at a venue in Taunton
Thursday 16 March9am to 4.30pmHeld at a venue in Taunton
Wednesday 22 March9am to 4.30pmHeld at a venue in Taunton
Thursday 23 March9am to 4.30pmHeld at a venue in Taunton
Wednesday 29 March9am to 4.30pmHeld at a venue in Taunton

April/May 2023 dates

Wednesday 26 April9am to 4.30pmHeld at a venue between Bridgwater and Street
Wednesday 3 May9am to 4.30pmHeld at a venue between Bridgwater and Street
Wednesday 10 May9am to 4.30pmHeld at a venue between Bridgwater and Street
Wednesday 17 May9am to 4.30pmHeld at a venue between Bridgwater and Street
Wednesday 24 May9am to 4.30pmHeld at a venue between Bridgwater and Street

July 2023 dates

Tuesday 4 July9am to 4.30pmHeld at a venue between Bridgwater and Street
Wednesday 5 July9am to 4.30pmHeld at a venue between Bridgwater and Street
Tuesday 11 July9am to 4.30pmHeld at a venue between Bridgwater and Street
Wednesday 12 July9am to 4.30pmHeld at a venue between Bridgwater and Street
Tuesday 18 July9am to 4.30pmHeld at a venue between Bridgwater and Street

August 2023 dates

Monday 14 August9am to 4.30pmHeld at a venue between Bridgwater and Street
Tuesday 15 August9am to 4.30pmHeld at a venue between Bridgwater and Street
Wednesday 16 August9am to 4.30pmHeld at a venue between Bridgwater and Street
Thursday 17 August9am to 4.30pmHeld at a venue between Bridgwater and Street
Friday 18 August9am to 4.30pmHeld at a venue between Bridgwater and Street

September/October/November 2023 dates

Evening option

Wednesday 6 September6pm to 9.30pmHeld at a venue between Bridgwater and Street
Wednesday 13 September6pm to 9.30pmHeld at a venue between Bridgwater and Street
Wednesday 20 September6pm to 9.30pmHeld at a venue between Bridgwater and Street
Wednesday 27 September6pm to 9.30pmHeld at a venue between Bridgwater and Street
Wednesday 4 October6pm to 9.30pmHeld at a venue between Bridgwater and Street
Wednesday 11 October6pm to 9.30pmHeld at a venue between Bridgwater and Street
Wednesday 18 October6pm to 9.30pmHeld at a venue between Bridgwater and Street
Wednesday 25 October6pm to 9.30pmHeld at a venue between Bridgwater and Street
Wednesday 1 November6pm to 9.30pmHeld at a venue between Bridgwater and Street