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Befriending Coordinator

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

  • Advertised from 5th March 2019
  • 35 hrs per week


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).

Application notes

We require a creative letter of application giving a sense of who you are and why you are the ideal candidate for this important post, detailing your skills, knowledge and experience for this role. (CVs not accepted).

To Lynn Cochrane, COVEYBEFRIENDING, Regent House, 9 High Patrick Street, Hamilton, ML3 7JA 01698 894013

Closing date: Monday 1st April 2019 12.00 noon

Interview day: Tuesday 9th April 2019

(Our interview process requires you to be available from 10:00-17:00)