COVEY Befriending
COVEY Befriending

Charity registered in Scotland SC020754

COVEY has been supporting vulnerable young people in South Lanarkshire for 22 years through volunteer befriending


Current vacancies

Befriending Coordinator

  • Full time
  • £23,000 – £25,000
  • South Lanarkshire wide / Offices based in Hamilton and Lanark
  • Closing 1st April 2019

COVEY’s mission is to support children, young people and their families on their life journey, bringing colour to their lives, while enabling them through strong befriending relationships, to become more resilient and self-aware; better equipped to reach their full potential.

Due to expansion and development COVEY is seeking an additional passionate team member who will enable us to support our volunteers in their befriending role, promote the volunteering experience and further enhance our expertise and influence in the field of befriending.

Your Character is our primary requirement as we believe that it is only through alignment to our core values that your competence will be effectively applied in COVEY. Our values of Passion, Innovation, Commitment, Openness and Respect form the basis of all we do as an organisation. We want someone who, by demonstrating those behaviours, will clearly contribute to what COVEY offers.

Just as important as character is that you have the required competence to be a key person to coordinate our befriending services, helping young people achieve their full potential.

It is essential that you have an understanding of volunteer management preferably with at least two years experience in that field. You will be competent in all aspects of recruiting, training and supporting volunteers in their role. Confident in taking the initiative, you will have strong problem solving skills and bring a ‘can do’ attitude to the role. Ideally you will be educated to degree level however experience in this field will be taken into account.

Your character will come first – as good people make good organisations great – and we require a balanced, capable and passionate individual; able to work on your own initiative and as part of a team.

It is essential that you are able to communicate respectfully and effectively with all stakeholders. You will have the ability to quickly establish rapport and build respectful, honest and trusted relationships, engaging and involving the young people and their families.

Key to the role will be the ability to assess the needs of the young people and facilitate and support each befriending relationship.

You will be required to build strong relationships with referrers and partner agencies, and make valuable contribution to multi-agency meetings.

With strong planning and organisational skills you will be able to meet tight deadlines, having a proven ability to prioritise workloads, produce programs to ensure good outcomes are met and plan activities while working closely with the rest of the team.

Highly motivated and able to work under pressure you will have the attention to detail necessary to ensure excellent case recording and evaluation reports; able to input data accurately onto our systems and produce reports for funders.

A working knowledge of risk assessment and monitoring and evaluation is essential.

The ideal person will be passionate and motivated to support young people. Having an understanding of family dynamics and the challenges that vulnerable families face you will be empathetic and non-judgemental. You will bring an enthusiasm to the role and have the ability to think ahead and be highly organised.

This post involves evening and possible weekend working; PVG check and car driver with access to own car essential (Mileage allowance given).

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Young Persons Group Coordinator

  • Part time
  • £20,500 pro-rata
  • Based in Hamilton and Lanark
  • Closing 29th January 2019

Have you the passion, skills and experience to take on this exciting role in COVEY?

We are looking for an enthusiastic and capable individual who has experience in working with young people in a group setting.

COVEY supports young people through their life challenges and is continually seeking to develop as an organisation. We need an enthusiastic new team member who will enable us to further enhance the opportunities to support our young people. In particular you will be running our TIME OUT project supporting siblings of those with additional needs.

Have you the spark that it takes to see an opportunity and follow it through? As part of this role you will be supporting COVEY in our own growth and development and creating mutual trust within the team as you explore further opportunities.

In COVEY we put character first as we believe good people can make good organisations great. You will align with our core values of passion, innovation, commitment, openness and respect and have the ability to reflect on your own behaviour and constantly grow as a person.

You will also have the competence to deliver appropriate and innovative programmes, with the young people at the centre, enabling them to have TIME OUT just for them. Just as important is supporting our volunteers and facilitators in their role within the group.

An understanding of befriending would be beneficial and how young people benefit from individual and group support. You will be confident in taking the initiative, have problem solving skills and bring a ‘can do’ attitude to the role.

Essential car driver with access to own car (Mileage allowance given)

A valuable member of our team, you will be responsible for initiating, organising and facilitating group activities. You may also give individual support when appropriate and be involved in the developing of new programmes. You will have the ability to assess young people prior to involving them in a group and organise appropriate activities for their needs. In addition you will have an understanding and experience of families and children who are experiencing difficulty (including additional needs) and an ability to quickly build rapport.

Bringing an enthusiasm to the role you will have the ability to think ahead, be highly organised and be able to evaluate the programme and produce necessary reports.

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Family Support Worker and Parent Partnership Coordinator

  • Full time
  • £20,500 – £22,000
  • Hamilton
  • Closing 21st February 2019

Are you the authentic and passionate person we are looking for to take on this challenging role? You will be joining our Family Support team to give one-to-one support to parents and carers and also responsible for ensuring that outcomes are met in our partnership projects.

Character is our key requirement, as we believe that through this your competence will be effectively applied. So, aligning with our core values of Passion, Innovation, Commitment, Openness and Respect, we seek someone with the drive and enthusiasm to develop within this role and bring creative solutions where needed.

You will be contributing to two partnership projects - ‘Pathways to Confidence’ with COVEY BEFRIENDING and Bellshill YMCA and our Parent Partnership Project with Airdrie CAB. The focus of these projects is on mentoring and befriending through supporting the whole family, to ensure positive longer term outcomes for young people aged 8-14, with COVEY responsible for working with their parent/carers.

You should be a highly organised person who will have experience in directly supporting vulnerable parents/carers, to ensure good outcomes are met for both them and their children. A flexible, innovative approach is necessary. Also key is that you possess the competence and commitment to working with families to identify their goals and give the support needed in order to achieve these.

It is essential that you have a sound knowledge of the core principles of supporting vulnerable families and have experience working in this field. It is also desireable that you have knowledge of the benefits system and the work of Citizen’s Advice. As a competent Family Support Worker you will have a thorough understanding of the complexities of working with young people and their families and the barriers which they may face within their lives. A relevant qualification is desirable.

With excellent verbal and written communication skills you will be passionate about the benefit of befriending/mentoring support and volunteering. Highly motivated and able to maintain a case load, you will also have the ability to observe the attention to detail necessary to ensure excellent case recording, evaluation and reporting. You will be strong in administration, planning and organisational skills, be excellent at communication and understand the need for accountability and team working.

You will be confident in taking the initiative, have problem solving skills and bring a ‘can do’ attitude to the role. Your character will come first – as good people can make good organisations great – and here we need a passionate, professional, proactive and caring individual, able to lead by example, through creating mutual trust and shared vision within the team. Your ability to motivate others and build relational rapport, as well as being able to forge links between other agencies, is important.

This post may involve out of hours, evening and possible weekend working. Essential – Car driver with access to a car / PVG check.

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Family Support Worker

  • Part time
  • £18,500 – £19,500 pro-rata
  • Hamilton
  • Closing 5th March 2019

Pathways to Confidence COVEY

‘Pathways to Confidence’ is an innovative partnership project with COVEY BEFRIENDING and Bellshill YMCA. The focus of the project is on mentoring and befriending through supporting the whole family, to ensure positive longer term outcomes for young people aged 8-14.

We seek an authentic individual who has the ability to join our Family Support team. Character is our key requirement, as we believe that through this your competence will be effectively applied. So, aligning with our core values of Passion, Innovation, Commitment, Openness and Respect, we want someone with the drive and enthusiasm to embrace this role and and bring creative solutions where needed.

You should be a passionate and caring individual who will be directly working with vulnerable parents/carers, to ensure good outcomes are met for both them and their children. A flexible, innovative approach is necessary. Also key is that you possess the competence and commitment to working with families to identify their strengths and give the support needed to maximise these.

It is essential that you have a sound knowledge of the core principles of supporting vulnerable families and have at least three years experience working in this field. As a competent Family Support Worker you will have a thorough understanding the complexities of working on a one-to-one basis with parents/carers and the barriers which they may face within their lives. A relevant qualification is desirable.

With excellent verbal and written communication skills you will be passionate about the benefit of befriending/mentoring support. Highly motivated and able to maintain a case load, you will also have the ability to observe the attention to detail necessary to ensure excellent case recording, evaluation and reporting.

You will be confident in taking the initiative, have problem solving skills and bring a ‘can do’ attitude to the role. Also your ability to motivate others and build relational rapport, as well as being able to forge links between other agencies, is important. Your character will however come first as we require a passionate, professional, proactive and caring individual, able to lead by example and fit quickly into our parent support team.

This post is 21hrs per week and may involve out of hours, evening and possible weekend working. Essential – Car driver with access to a car / PVG check.

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