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

Financial Controller

  • Part time
  • £36,000 – £40,000 pro-rata
  • Hamilton
  • Closing 3rd February 2023

Do you want to make a real difference to the lives of families and children?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an exceptional finance professional to lead COVEY’s finance function.

We are recruiting a Financial Controller who will deliver our excellent financial management and controls.

  • You will be a qualified/qualified by experience accountant who will manage our financial reporting and governance systems. You will support our Chief Executive to provide informed direction on financial management, support operational planning across the charity and comply with regulatory requirements.
  • You will be a key member of our Leadership Team, working operationally with other managers from across the organisation and with the Finance Risk and Audit Committee and Board to drive forward COVEY’s vision, values and strategy.

If you have a strong empathy with this area of work; if you value integrity, compassion and teamwork; if you want to work in an inclusive and nurturing environment; if you understand the challenges some families face and knowledge of the causes and impact of poverty, then this could be the next career challenge for you.

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Lead Coordinator

  • Full time
  • £25,000 – £27,000
  • South / North Lanarkshire (initially working from home
  • Closing 16th August 2021

Are you an exceptional individual who has the ability to make a significant contribution to the COVEY team?

We are seeking a passionate, professional, proactive and caring individual who will fully embrace the COVEY values of Respect, Openness, Commitment, Innovation and Passion.

COVEY is seeking an experienced and skilled team member to grow our Lead Coordinator team, enabling us to further enhance the opportunities to support our young people and families in South / North Lanarkshire in line with our strategic and operational objectives.

COVEY is looking for an exceptional individual who will provide leadership, management and support to staff and volunteers, coordinating and delivering our work with very vulnerable families and young people.

Your Qualities:

  • Commitment to personal growth
  • Able to self reflect and give and take feedback
  • Curiosity, flexibility, adaptability and dedication
  • Passionate and highly motivated
  • Able to work collaboratively
  • Takes full responsibility for delivering areas of responsibility
  • Leading by example, creating mutual trust colleagues and volunteers
  • Quickly building trust and a strong rapport with young people and their families
  • Extremely versatile and highly resilient in supporting complex issues.

We seek someone with the drive, passion and vision to develop and shape projects; to think ahead and bring creative solutions where needed, being able to work in partnership within the whole COVEY team.

Essential:

  • You will have held a coordination role for at least three years and have managed staff and volunteers. 5 years experience in working with vulnerable children, young people and families;
  • High level of experience in the areas of Child and Adult Protection, Substance Use, Mental Health and other complex issues vulnerable families face;
  • Knowledge of the core principles of person-centred, strengths-based approaches in supporting families;
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant discipline;
  • Experience in managing staff and volunteers;
  • Complex case management experience;
  • A working knowledge of monitoring and evaluation;
  • Confident and capable in internal and external reporting;
  • Ability to identify and manage risks and concerns in relation to Child and Adult protection;
  • Understanding of the issues surrounding child poverty and other current policy drivers.

With excellent written and verbal communication skills you will also be intuitive. You will demonstrate strong leadership and management skills, having the ability to work to a broad remit where priorities can change daily.

Highly motivated and able to work under pressure and working to targets you will be able to deliver on the desired outcomes. While also maintaining a case load, you will have the ability to observe the attention to detail necessary to ensure excellent case recording and evaluation.

Added Value:

COVEY are interested in having the right people in the right role at the right time and seek those with additional skills and knowledge for the development of the team e.g. Funding, marketing, additional needs and/or addictions specialities, training and mentoring.

Your ability to motivate others will be a key strength, demonstrating skills in leading and developing staff and supporting volunteers. You will be confident in taking the initiative, have problem solving skills and bring a ‘can do’ attitude to the role.

This post is 35 hrs per week and will involve out of hours and possible weekend working.

Essential – Car driver with access to a car / PVG check.

If you wish a Job Description or any further information please email or call the office where a conversation with a team leader can also be arranged if required.

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Befriending Coordinator

  • Full time
  • £23,000 – £25,000
  • North and South Lanarkshire / Blend of Home & Office Working
  • Closing 2nd September 2021

COVEY is a growing dynamic organisation where staff are hugely valued and appreciated. Are you looking for a new challenge or change of direction? There are four key coordinator posts in COVEY ready for the right people to fill.

Are you passionate about giving support to vulnerable children and young people and understand the importance of volunteers?

COVEY is seeking four passionate, professional, proactive and caring individuals who will fully embrace the COVEY values of Respect, Openness, Commitment, Innovation and Passion.

These prospective mature and resilient team members will be skilled coordinators with the following essentials:

  • A thorough understanding of the complexities of working with vulnerable young people and the issues which they may face;
  • Experience of working with young people in a range of settings e.g. group working;
  • The ability to assess the needs of the young people and facilitate and support each befriending relationship;
  • An understanding of volunteer management with experience in that field preferable;
  • Competent in all aspects of recruiting, training and supporting volunteers in their role;
  • Highly motivated and able to maintain a case load;
  • Clear understanding of Child and Adult Protection;
  • A working knowledge of risk assessment and monitoring and evaluation;
  • The attention to detail necessary to ensure excellent case recording and reporting;
  • Strong administration, planning and organisational skills;
  • Excellent at communicating, and
  • An understanding of the need for accountability and team working.

At least one of the appointees must have experience in Additional Needs provision and another with experience in supporting vulnerable families.

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

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Support Worker

  • Full time
  • £19,500 – £22,500
  • Hamilton
  • Closing 4th November 2021

Are you passionate about giving support to vulnerable parents?

COVEY are looking for experienced and passionate Support Workers with the following skills to join our growing Parent Support team:

• A thorough understanding of the complexities of working with families and the barriers and issues which they may face within their lives;

• Highly motivated and able to maintain a case load;

• The attention to detail necessary to ensure excellent case recording and reporting;

• Strong administration, planning and organisational skills;

• Excellent at communicating, and

• An understanding of the need for accountability and team working.

You will be contributing to our Parent Support Projects which include one-to-one work and facilitating our parent support groups. The focus of these projects is on person-centred relationships which involves mentoring and befriending to ensure positive longer term outcomes for parent/carers who have children aged 8-15.

We are seeking compassionate, professional, proactive and caring individuals who will fully embrace the COVEY values of Respect, Openness, Commitment, Innovation and Passion.

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

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Group Facilitator

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • South/North Lanarkshire
  • Closing 7th November 2021

Are you looking for a new challenge?

Are you passionate about giving support to vulnerable children and young people?

COVEY are seeking a passionate, professional, proactive and caring individual who will fully embrace the COVEY values of Respect, Openness, Commitment, Innovation and Passion.

We are looking for an experienced Group Facilitator to join our growing team, supporting young people in our Befriending Groups, with the following essential elements:

  • Ability to plan, set up and deliver groups for young people and their befrienders
  • Ensuring that agreed outcomes for children and young people are being met
  • Building relationships with families and young people to promote support and ensure engagement
  • Able to work with wider team and support the wider aims of COVEY.
  • Skills to make an ongoing assessment of how the young people are being involved, working closely with the team in sharing information.
  • Skilled at report writing.
  • Arrange transport, halls and refreshments.

This post will involve evening work. Essential – Car driver with access to a car / PVG check.

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Youth Support Workers

  • Full time or Part time
  • £17,290 – £19,500
  • North and South Lanarkshire
  • Closing 8th November 2021

Are you passionate about seeing young people reach their potential?

COVEY are looking for experienced and passionate Youth Support Workers with the following skills to join our growing team:

· An understanding of the complexities of working with children and young people and the barriers and issues which they may face within their lives;

· Highly motivated and able to maintain a case load;

· The attention to detail necessary to ensure excellent case recording and reporting;

· Planning and organisational skills;

· Excellent at communicating and able to quickly build rapport;

· An understanding of the need for accountability and team working.

You will be contributing to COVEY’s youth support work which includes one-to-one interventions and group work. The focus of our work is on person-centred relationships which involves mentoring and befriending to ensure positive longer term outcomes for children and young people between the ages of 8-15.

We are seeking compassionate, professional, proactive and caring individuals who will fully embrace the COVEY values of Respect, Openness, Commitment, Innovation and Passion.

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

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Accounting and Finance Lead

  • Part time
  • £28,500 – £32,000 pro-rata
  • Hamilton
  • Closing 29th November 2021

Looking for a rewarding position to utilise your accounting and finance skills?

COVEY is a growing charity in central Scotland and is seeking an experienced individual to take us forward in our accounting and finance functions.

Add your expertise to this values-based organisation which puts character before competence. We are passionate about having the right people in the right positions at the right time and as such you will share our values and be passionate about making a difference as we work closely together to fulfil our vision and mission.

We seek someone who is more than a ‘number’ person having the skills and curiosity to see the story behind the numbers. This position will add value to an organisation which has people at our core.

Essential:

· Management Accounting Qualification or relevant experience

· At least 3 years experience in processing and providing financial information

· Ability to organise and prioritise workload

· Knowledge and experience of accounting packages preferably Quickbooks

· Excellent Oral/Written communication skills

· Highly competent in IT Skills – Excel/Word/Access

· Wide range of accounting and financial management skills including unit costing

· Experienced in the preparation of management accounts and budgets

· Ability to provide relevant financial analytical commentary

· Knowledge and understanding of the charity sector.

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Mentor

  • Part time
  • TBC
  • South/North Lanarkshire
  • Closing 14th April 2022

“When Adam arrived at the door, Dawn (Euan’s mum) was distraught. She said the week had been a disaster. Euan had been extremely distressed at school, had withdrawn into himself and was not able to go out for their usual session. Whilst Adam chatted to Dawn about the ‘adventure’ he had planned, Euan slowly crept down the stairs and Adam handed him a bag of duck food, just in case. Adam suggested they go out and if Euan wasn’t happy, they would come straight home. Two hours later, after they had explored the wood and were settled by the riverbank to eat lunch, Euan turned to Adam and said, “This is a good day”. And it was.”

Is this you? Are you passionate about supporting children and young adults to overcome challenges and to live happy and fulfilled lives?

COVEY are seeking passionate, professional, proactive and caring individuals who will fully embrace the COVEY values of Respect, Openness, Commitment, Innovation and Passion.

We are looking for empathetic, enthusiastic, life experienced Mentors to join our growing team to support our participants in the following way:

• Facilitating 1:1 befriending and mentoring sessions;

• Establishing and maintaining trusting relationships;

• Understanding and supporting children, young people and/or young adults (aged between 8 and 30 yrs.) with additional support needs;

• Planning and delivering a range of opportunities and activities for our participants in line with their interests and personal goals;

• Ensuring that agreed outcomes for participants are being met;

• Building relationships with families to promote support and ensure engagement;

• Working closely with the wider COVEY team;

• Facilitating or supporting small buddy group and social sessions;

• Completing regular case notes;

• Communicating clearly and regularly.

Mentoring sessions occur throughout the week: during the daytime, in the evenings and Saturdays between 09:00 and 21:00. We have a range of time slots available to work around your availability and other commitments e.g. College timetables.

Support with travel, subsistence and activity costs whilst on session, alongside our commitment paying the Real Living Wage of £9.90 per hour.

Essential requirements:

• Hold a UK licence and have use of own vehicle (for access to work and delivery of sessions)

• Enhanced PVG check.

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Engagement and Participation Lead

  • Full time
  • £25,625 – £26,650
  • Hamilton
  • Closing 27th April 2022

COVEY is a well-established Lanarkshire organisation and is committed to embed the principles of The Promise and Plan 21-24 across our mentoring, befriending and family support work.

The new role of Engagement and Participation Lead is central to the delivery of our vision of giving our young people and families more opportunities to engage at the heart of our organisation, to share their experiences and to help design the future services that deliver what families need to thrive

We are seeking a compassionate, innovative and motivated individual with youth work and/or community development experience, to engage with COVEY participants across Lanarkshire.

This new and exciting role requires you to listen to what children, young people and families say and to support them to ensure that their voices are heard, and their ideas and vision put into action. To do this, you will work across the COVEY team to develop and implement a range of imaginative ways in which our participants and supporters can engage in the development of our work now and for the future.

Your Qualities:

  • Strongly aligned to the COVEY values;
  • A solutions-focused team player;
  • Able to take the initiative and to demonstrate leadership;
  • Curiosity and dedication;
  • Passionate and highly motivated;
  • Highly organised, hardworking, flexible and adaptable;
  • Able to work collaboratively;
  • Takes full responsibility for delivering areas of responsibility;
  • Quickly building trust and a strong rapport with young people and their families.

You should enjoy a challenge, meeting new people and will bring a creative approach and a sense of fun to the role. Most important is your passion for enabling others to be involved, to actively participate, and to thrive. This should be your driver.

Essential:

  • Strong project delivery skills, inclusive of planning, monitoring, delivering, evaluating, basic budgeting and reporting;
  • Knowledge of the core principles of person-centred, strengths-based approaches in supporting families;
  • Possess an understanding of the barriers to participation and how to overcome them;
  • A working knowledge of monitoring and evaluation;
  • Ability to identify and manage risks and concerns in relation to Child and Adult protection;
  • Experience and/or qualification in a relevant discipline.

We seek someone with the drive, passion and vision to develop and shape projects; to think ahead and bring creative solutions where needed, being able to work in partnership within the whole COVEY team.

With excellent written and verbal communication skills, you will also be intuitive. Highly motivated and able to work under pressure you will be able to deliver on the desired outcomes.

There is a specific focus on supporting and empowering our COVEY families with experience of care. You will be able to demonstrate your understanding of the current Scottish policy and practice around supporting those with care-experience.

This post is 35 hrs per week and will involve out of hours and possible weekend working. Job share will be considered. COVEY is committed to a rights-based approach, to equal opportunities and to inclusive practices.

Essential

  • Car driver with access to car (insurance will require to include business use)
  • Enhanced PVG check (children and vulnerable adults)
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Top job! Chief Executive

  • Full time
  • £43,500 – £50,000
  • Hamilton
  • Closing 28th April 2022

Celebrating our 30th anniversary this year, COVEY is a well-established and growing charity in Lanarkshire, supporting children, young people and families in their life journey – bringing colour to lives! Are you the motivated and experienced leader who can build on the significant strides we have made in developing our organisation? Are you looking for a rewarding role that will let you support a committed, innovative team that takes a relationship- based approach to service delivery and embeds professional values in day-to day-operations?

Join us to lead the future of our work with young people and their families.

As a truly values-based organisation, COVEY is committed to having the right people in the right positions at the right time and as such you will share our values and be passionate about making a difference as you lead COVEY to fulfil our vision and mission.

With befriending and mentoring at our core, COVEY is now much more than simply a befriending organisation. We deliver bespoke services to provide intensive work with parent/carers and young people, providing an integrated package of care. COVEY are developing work in the Self Directed Support arena and are embracing exciting opportunities though The Promise.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work with our supportive Board of Trustees and the COVEY team to shape the strategic direction of the organisation, ensuring ongoing sustainability, success and growth.

You will have considerable experience in leading an organisation or service, be qualified in an area of social care or community learning and development and understand the relevant policy landscape in Scotland. You will also have significant management, finance, fundraising, governance, compliance experience and excellent communications skills.

Based in our Hamilton office with hybrid and flexible working expected.

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Befriending Coordinator

  • Full time
  • £23,575 – £25,925
  • South Lanarkshire / Blend of Home and Office Working
  • Closing 10th May 2022

COVEY is a growing dynamic organisation where staff are hugely valued and appreciated. Are you looking for a new challenge or change of direction? We have a full time coordinator post in COVEY ready for the right person to fill.

Are you passionate about giving support to vulnerable children and young people and understand the importance of volunteers?

COVEY is seeking a passionate, professional, proactive and caring individual who will fully embrace the COVEY values of Respect, Openness, Commitment, Innovation and Passion.

This prospective team member will be a skilled coordinator with the following essentials:

· A thorough understanding of the complexities of working with vulnerable young people and the issues which they may face;

· Experience of working with young people in a range of settings e.g. group working;

· The ability to assess the needs of the young people and facilitate and support each befriending relationship;

· An understanding of volunteer management with experience in that field preferable;

· Competent in all aspects of recruiting, training and supporting volunteers in their role;

· Highly motivated and able to maintain a case load;

· Clear understanding of Child and Adult Protection;

· A working knowledge of risk assessment and monitoring and evaluation;

· The attention to detail necessary to ensure excellent case recording and reporting;

· Strong administration, planning and organisational skills;

· Excellent at communicating, and

· An understanding of the need for accountability and team working.

This post will involve out of hours, evening and occasional weekend work. Essential – Car driver with access to a car with business insurance and ability to transport young people. This role will be subject to a PVG check.

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Support Worker (2 Posts)

  • Full time
  • £19,987 – £23,575
  • across Lanarkshire
  • Closing 13th June 2022

Joanne had been struggling with her mental health for around 4 years when COVEY first started working with her. Her son had not been to school during this time, he was not sleeping at night and Joanne was home schooling. COVEY provided Joanne with weekly support to get out and about - she had not been out socially for the 4 years that her son was struggling. COVEY staff have supported Joanne and her son to get to GP and specialist appointments, allowing a diagnosis to be made for her son of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Joanne is now getting out socially and her son is suitably medicated. Joanne’s son is also being supported by COVEY to transition into a high school where his needs will be met. Joanne will continue to be supported to make some time for herself, safe in the knowledge that her son is attending school, being educated, and mixing with his peers. Through COVEY’s support Joanne feels more confident in her parenting role, and her relationship with her son has improved greatly.

Could you support a family like this? Are you passionate about supporting children and their families to overcome challenges and to live happy and fulfilled lives?

COVEY are seeking passionate, professional, proactive and caring individuals who will fully embrace the COVEY values of Respect, Openness, Commitment, Innovation and Passion.

The families we support are often overwhelmed and may be experiencing challenges in their everyday lives such as loneliness and isolation, poor mental health, illness, disability, multiple births, poverty, gender based violence, separation, or trauma. We provide 1:1 and/or group support to families in their home and community.

COVEY are looking for experienced and passionate Support Workers to join our Family Support team. The successful candidates will provide tailored support to parent/carers and also those they care for, where appropriate.

It is essential you have:

  • A thorough understanding of the complexities of working with families and the barriers and issues which they may face within their lives;
  • Highly motivated and able to maintain a case load;
  • The attention to detail necessary to ensure excellent case recording and reporting;
  • Strong administration, planning and organisational skills;
  • Excellent at communicating, and
  • An understanding of the need for accountability and team working.

The focus of all our work is on building person-centred strengths-based relationships which involves the ability to quickly build rapport with a wide range of participants to ensure positive longer term outcomes for parent/carers and their children. Having lived experience of any of these issues would be an advantage. Experience of working with families who have complex issues, such as trauma, is highly desirable.

Working hours are generally through the week, with occasional evening and weekend work required. (Blended office-based/working from home)

Essential requirements:

  • Hold a UK licence and have use of own vehicle (for access to work and delivery of sessions)
  • Enhanced PVG check.
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Senior Family Support Workers - (2 Posts)

  • Full time
  • £23,062 – £25,625
  • Across Lanarkshire
  • Closing 13th September 2022

COVEY is committed to having the right people in these 35 hours per week posts and would welcome applicants who may be interested in part-time work and family friendly hours.

Are you ready to take on a new position in COVEY and join a committed and passionate team who put children, young people and families at the centre of all we do? We are looking for candidates who will be able to take forward our whole family approach. You will have exceptional skills in working with parent/carers and at times young people, building on their strengths and empowering them to make a positive change in their lives.

COVEY are seeking passionate, professional, proactive and caring individuals who will fully embrace the COVEY values of Respect, Openness, Commitment, Innovation and Passion.

The families we support often experience difficulties and or challenges in their everyday lives. These include loneliness and isolation, poor mental health, illness, disability, poverty, gender based violence, relationship breakdowns and trauma. We provide 1:1 and/or group support to families in their home and community.

As a senior family support worker you will experienced in working alongside families to assess strengths and needs as well as plan, deliver and evaluate interventions and strategies, which enable families to thrive. You will have experience of child and adult protection issues.

It is essential you have:

  • At least 5 years’ experience of working in a social care setting;
  • A thorough understanding of the complexities of working with families and the barriers and issues which they may face;
  • Highly motivated and able to maintain a complex case load;
  • The attention to detail necessary to ensure excellent case recording and reporting;
  • Strong administration, planning and organisational skills;
  • Excellent at communicating, and
  • An understanding of the need for accountability and team working.

The focus of our support, is on building person-centred strengths-based relationships, which involves the ability to quickly build rapport with a wide range of participants, to ensure positive longer term outcomes for parent/carers and their children. Having lived experience of any of these issues would be an advantage. Experience of working with families who have complex issues, such as trauma, is highly desirable.

Working hours are generally through the week, with occasional evening and weekend work required. (Blended office-based/working from home)

Essential requirements:

  • Hold a UK licence and have use of own vehicle (for access to work and delivery of sessions)
  • Enhanced PVG check.
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Top job! Chief Executive Officer

  • Full time
  • £50,000 – £55,000
  • Hamilton
  • Closing 24th October 2022

Do you want to make a real difference to the lives of families and children? An exciting opportunity has arisen for an exceptional professional to lead COVEY.

The Board is seeking to appoint a new CEO to lead the organisation and to provide strategic direction to its staff, volunteers and supporters. You will have effective and comprehensive leadership, management and communication skills, with experience of leading high performing teams. You will be a confident communicator and ambassador for COVEY.

If you have a strong empathy with this area of work; if you value integrity, compassion and teamwork; if you want to work in an inclusive and nurturing environment; if you have an understanding of the challenges some families face and knowledge of the causes and impact of poverty, then this could be the next career challenge for you.

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