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

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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Befriending Coordinator

  • Full time
  • £23,000 – £25,000
  • South Lanarkshire wide / Offices based in Hamilton and Lanark
  • Closing 10th January 2019

COVEY supports young people through their life challenges, and is seeking a dynamic 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 very 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 with volunteers and young people. You will need to quickly create mutual trust with your colleagues and our volunteers, being 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 be able to quickly establish rapport and build respectful, honest and trusted relationships, particularly with parents or main carers, and engage and involve the young people.

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, (some of whom will have additional needs). 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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