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volunteering roles

By giving just 2-3 hours a week you can make all the difference for a child, young person, or whole family.

There are many opportunities available and if you are interested we would love to have you on board.

  One-to-one befriending

One-to-one befriending takes place for two to three hours per week out in the community. Where and when you go is entirely up to you and your match. If you work shifts or have an irregular schedule, no problem, your outings can change to when it works for you.

We also help by providing ideas and inspiration for activities you can both enjoy.

Training takes place over six weeks, with one week dedicated to first aid training. Please be aware we will also require two references and carry out a PVG check.

lightbulb icon There are lots of reasons to become a befriender, whether you want to give back to your community, change your career, get ahead in your studies, bolster you CV, or just make some new connections. What needs to underpin any of these is a passion and commitment to help children, young people and families.
location icon South Lanarkshire
transport icon Befriending is definitely easier if you drive and have access to a car. However, if you don't, please still get in touch to chat further.
restrictions icon Applicants should be 18 and over


  Groups for young people

We operate befriending groups throughout South Lanarkshire for young people who may be socially isolated. At the groups young people can develop the skills and experiences they need to interact and communicate with others.

The groups last for two hours on the same evening each week and the young people are collected and dropped off by staff and volunteers.

Training takes place over six weeks, with one week dedicated to first aid training. Please be aware we will also require two references and carry out a PVG check.

lightbulb icon If you want to help young people develop social skills and have fun, group befriending could be for you.
location icon South Lanarkshire
transport icon Group befriending is definitely easier if you drive and have access to a car. However if you don't please still get in touch to chat further.
restrictions icon Applicants should be 18 and over


  Support groups for young people with additional needs

Our ANGELS (Additional Needs Gaining Experience in Life Skills) groups support young people with additional support needs. Through facilitated activities and games, they are able to develop and learn life skills, such as sharing, communication and socialising.

Additionally we recruit and train young volunteers from local schools.

lightbulb icon If you want to help young people with additional needs develop, learn how to interact and have fun, group befriending at ANGELS could be for you.
location icon South Lanarkshire
transport icon Befriending with ANGELS is definitely easier if you drive and have access to a car. However if you don't please still get in touch to chat further.
restrictions icon Applicants should be 18 and over


  Mentoring support for young people

We run two separate projects for young people who are either at risk of offending or who are 'looked after at home' (under a supervision order but remaining in the family home). Volunteers in these projects are mentors for young people in very difficult life circumstances. These mentors help a young person navigate what can be the most difficult time in their lives, helping them to become healthier, happier and better equipped for their future.

Mentoring roles take place on a weekly basis for two to three hours. Mentors and young people go out into the community and spend time together taking part in activities they plan together. COVEY covers travel and expenses and all of our mentors go through six weeks training, including first aid and PVG checks.

lightbulb icon If you want to pursue a career in, social care, counselling or many others this could be for you. Mentoring will improve your knowledge of social care and justice and give insight into the experiences of young people involved in those systems. Primarily though, you need to have a desire to help young people so they can reach their true potential.
location icon South Lanarkshire
transport icon While being able to drive is definitely a benefit to this role, if you can't just get in touch for a chat.
restrictions icon Applicants should be 18 and over


  One-to-one and group family mentoring

Additionally we have opportunities to work with parents, carers and families if you want to be a mentor of someone a bit older. We operate a number of different projects that support the adults in a family. Through one-to-one mentoring and group peer support, volunteering for our family services can be life changing not just for the people involved but for you as well.

COVEY covers travel and expenses and all of our mentors receive full training, including first aid and a PVG check is carried out.

lightbulb icon Mentoring will give insight into some of the challenges families face. What is most important is a desire to help parents, carers and families overcome these challenges and lead healthier and happier lives.
location icon North & South Lanarkshire - Bellshill, Motherwell, Uddingston, Blantyre, Hamilton, East Kilbride.
transport icon While being able to drive is definitely a benefit to this role, if you can't just get in touch for a chat.
restrictions icon Applicants should be 18 and over


  Volunteer drivers

Whether in the rural communities of Clydesdale or busy towns such as East Kilbride, having access to transport can be a major hurdle for young people and families to access the support they need. This is a crucial element of our service, and we are always grateful to volunteers who help with picks up and drop off each week.

For any transport undertaken for COVEY we will cover mileage and expenses. Drivers receive full training, and we will also require two references and carry out a PVG check.

lightbulb icon If you enjoy driving and want to help children, young people and families access their communities this opportunity could be perfect for you.
location icon South Lanarkshire
transport icon A full, clean driving licence is required along with access to your own car.
restrictions icon Applicants should be 18 and over


  Fundraising

If you would like to challenge yourself, or maybe even a group from your work, we would love to hear from you. You can run, cycle, swim, throw yourself out of a plane. Alternatively, if you fancy something a little less high-octane, you can organise cake sales, coffee mornings, or collections. However you want to raise money, we can help.

If you wish to undertake some fundraising for us please get in touch. We can provide you with leaflets, sponsorship forms, t-shirts and lots more to encourage other people to get behind your efforts.


  Board Membership

Our board members provide essential leadership, guidance and governance from their own professional or life experiences. They also play an important role as ambassadors and can offer particular skills to the organisation.

We welcome interest from those who can be passionate about our work with children young people, families and the community.

The minimum commitment as a board member is a few hours each month, to attend 8 board meetings a year and also engage in board discussions and occasional working groups.

If you would like to explore any of these options please just get in touch to have a chat about how to get involved.


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