Family Support Community Coordinator (Young People)

  • Full time
  • £22,500 – £25,000
  • North Lanarkshire
  • Closing 8th October 2020

  • Advertised from 11th September 2020
  • 35 hours a week


COVEY’s Family Support team are looking for an exceptional individual who will work directly with the young people in families who are referred from Education and are involved with our Parent Partnership Project with Airdrie Citizen’s Advice.

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

This partnership project is delivered in North Lanarkshire as part of the Scottish Government’s Social Innovation Partnership and this exciting new role is the opportunity to test and prove a new model that looks to strengthen links between school, home and the community. Befrienders and family support mentors work with families around self-esteem, self-sufficiency and goal setting. By operating within school structures, the model is able to act as a bridge between school, other services and the family to ensure a holistic support is put in place.

The post holder should be a passionate and highly motivated coordinator who will take on the full responsibility for delivering their area of the project as well as being able to work together for the success of the project as a whole.

Character is our primary requirement as we believe that through this your competence will be effectively applied. We seek someone with the drive, passion and vision to develop and shape the project further; to think ahead and bring creative solutions where needed, being able to work in partnership within the team in COVEY.

Being able to forge close links with key agencies, in particular education, you will be required to have at least three years’ experience working with vulnerable children, young people and families.

Ideally you will be educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant discipline and your ability to motivate others will be a key skill. Also you will have knowledge of the core principles of youth work and the wider policy drivers relating to poverty and isolation.

You will be passionate about the benefit of mentoring support; have the ability to think ahead, see the bigger picture and find solutions 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 vulnerable young people and their families.

Highly motivated and able to work under pressure, working to targets and able to deliver on the desired outcomes. While maintaining a full case load, you will have the ability to observe the attention to detail necessary to ensure excellent case recording and evaluation. A working knowledge of monitoring and evaluation is essential. Experience of identifying and managing risks and concerns relating to Child and Adult protection is also vital.

You will be confident in taking the initiative, have problem solving skills and bring a ‘can do’ attitude to the role. Your character will however come first – 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 35hrs per week and will involve out of hours and possible weekend working. Essential – Car driver with access to a car / PVG check.

Application notes

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 (please notes that CVs are not considered):

If you wish a Job Description or any further information please call the office and if necessary we can arrange a conversation with a team leader.

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

Closing date: Thursday 8 October 2020 @ 12 noon

Interview day: Thursday 15 October 2020 1000-1600hrs (Please be prepared to attend for the full day).

Charity Number – SC014426