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Lead Coordinator (Befriending/Mentoring)

  • Full time
  • £25,000 – £27,000
  • Hamilton
  • Closing 10th December 2020

  • Advertised from 25th November 2020
  • 35 hrs per week


COVEY is looking for an exceptional individual who will be able to take a leadership role within the team, coordinating and delivering our work with vulnerable young people families and young people.

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

As COVEY has grown and developed, there is an opportunity to add your skills, knowledge and experience to the team. We provide a range of different projects which involve coordinators, family support workers, and paid befrienders and volunteers providing support to young people and their families. We work to identify and achieve person centred goals impacting positively on self-esteem, confidence building and resilience. Partner agencies include Education, Social Work and Health alongside addiction and mental health services specifically.

You will be a passionate and highly motivated person who will take on the full responsibility for delivering your area of responsibility as well as being able to work together for the success of the organisation as a whole. Able to work collaboratively, you will be 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.


  • 5 years experience in working with vulnerable children and families;
  • Knowledge of the core principles of person-centred, strengths-based approaches in supporting young people and families;
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant discipline;
  • Experience in managing staff;
  • Volunteer recruitment and development and delivery of training to volunteers;
  • Complex case management experience;
  • Confident and Capable in external reporting;
  • A working knowledge of monitoring and evaluation;
  • Ability to identify and manage risks and concerns in relation to Child and Adult protection;
  • High level of experience in working with the complex issues young people and their families can face.

You will be passionate about the benefit of relationship based support; being able to respond in a positive way to the challenges of working with families and young people who face a range of very complex issues.

With excellent communication skills you will have the ability to quickly build rapport with families – parent/carers and young people.

Highly motivated and able to work under pressure, 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. It is desirable that you also have knowledge and understanding of budgetary control and have some funding experience.

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.

Character is every bit as important as competence – as good people can make good organisations great – and here we need a passionate, professional and proactive individual, able to lead by example, through creating mutual trust with their colleagues and volunteers as well as with young people and their families.

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.

Application notes

To apply please submit a creative letter of application giving us a sense of who you are as a person and detailing your skills, knowledge and experience relating to all the aspects in this advert. Your full contact information should also be included. (Please note that CVs are not considered).

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.

COVEY BEFRIENDING, Regent House, 9 High Patrick Street, Hamilton, ML3 7JA / 01698 894013 /

Closing date: Wednesday 10 December 2020 @ 12 noon

Interview day: Thursday 17 December 2020 1000-1600hrs (Please be prepared to attend for the full day).

Charity Number – SC020754