THE Wiltshire Children's Rights Service is looking for volunteers to spare a few hours each month to spend with young people in care.

The Independent Visitor Scheme provides visitors for those youngsters who are in care and who have little or no contact with their parents.

This gives them the opportunity to meet up regularly with someone who is independent and there just for them.

Visitors get to know young people initially through spending time with them, chatting or sharing in their interests and continue to offer them support and encouragement throughout the time they are in care.

Volunteers should be aged over 21 and be able to make a long-term commitment to meet with a young person for a couple of hours approximately twice a month.

No formal qualifications are required, although potential volunteers should be able to listen to, communicate with and enjoy the company of young people.

All volunteers are recruited subject to Criminal Records Bureau clearance and other checks, and are offered relevant training, which must be completed before being matched with a young person.

They should be committed, reliable and able to work within the scheme's guidelines.

Anyone interested should telephone 01225 752198.