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


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Step Change Development Manager

  • Full time
  • £28,000
  • Hamilton
  • Closing 12th August 2019

Are you ready to take on a new challenge and contribute significantly to a forward looking values-based organisation with service to the community at its heart?

COVEY befriending is seeking a highly motivated individual to take forward an exciting development in the organisation.

COVEY’s vision is for children, young people and families to live happy fulfilled lives. We support them through strong trusting relationships to become more resilient, safe and better equipped to reach their full potential; we add colour to lives and we believe that the right person in this post will do just that by the developing and delivering of our Step Change Project.

Your character will be the key and considered more than your competence, as values are the essence of COVEY and we believe that it is only through alignment to those values that competence can be effectively applied.

Do you have experience in taking an idea and developing it to its full potential? COVEY has secured funding from Wm Grant Foundation to deliver a ‘Step Change’ for the organisation.

This will involve the development of Self Directed Support (SDS) provision and linked to that, the establishment of COVEY as an accredited Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) centre. The Step Change vision is that staff, volunteers and those we support have the opportunity to gain qualifications. Where appropriate this will help them deliver our services, and for some, begin their supported employment journey. Through this we will also be able to generate income and introduce a new dimension to the organisation.

The SDS provision will require coordination skills with an ability to assess the needs of young people and facilitate and support relationships.

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 involving young people and their families.

Ideally you will have business planning and development experience, having the ability to see the big picture and how ideas link together. You will also have the attention to detail necessary to develop policies and procedures for this new project. With at least three years project management experience ideally in the related fields of social care and SQA accreditation you will be able to work well on your own initiative. It is also desirable that you would be experienced in delivering such programmes in order that you could quickly begin to deliver on the desired outcomes. Your problem solving skills will be already well developed and you will bring a ‘can do’ attitude to the role. You will have the ability to see how this project delivers on COVEY’s strategic direction and also build on the existing operational systems to see us grow as an organisation. It is essential that you are qualified to degree level or equivalent.

With strong planning and organisational skills, you will be able to meet tight deadlines, have a proven ability to prioritise workloads, be highly motivated and able to work under pressure.

While your character will come first; you will also demonstrate a balanced, capable and passionate ability to work with a wide range of people. You will quickly be able to create mutual trust with your colleagues and partners, and be able to represent COVEY in a professional manner.

This post may involve some evening and weekend working.

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Befriending Support Worker

  • Part time
  • £18,000 pro-rata
  • South Lanarkshire wide / Offices based in Hamilton and Lanark
  • Closing 8th August 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 provide a befriending service directly to young people as well as supporting our volunteers in their befriending role.

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 in supporting our befriending services, helping young people achieve their full potential.

It is essential that you have experience in working with & supporting young people as well as an understanding of volunteer management. Confident in taking the initiative, you will have strong problem solving skills and bring a ‘can do’ attitude to the role.

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, referrers and partner agencies, building strong relationships and making valuable contributions to multi-agency meetings.

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.

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.

A working knowledge of risk assessment and case 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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