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July 2017

COVEY Befriending receives a £289,641 National Lottery award from the Big Lottery Fund

The grant will allow COVEY to continue delivering their Pathways to Confidence project in the Hamilton, Blantyre, Uddingston and Bellshill areas for a further three years.

Pathways was first started in 2014 and is delivered in partnership with Bellshill and Mossend YMCA, providing support to whole families. COVEY matches a vulnerable parent or guardian with a mentor. They provide emotional and caring support for the family to access statutory services so that they can improve their lives e.g. housing, finance, counselling and education.

Bellshill YMCA work with the children and young people in the families by matching them with a befriender. The befriending relationship provides a stable and responsible adult role model in their life. Through COVEY and Bellshill YMCA working in partnership the Pathways service model is able to provide effective interventions into lives which are beset by interrelated problems. These include; poverty, isolation, substance misuse, mental and physical ill health, and disengagement from school.

The Pathways to Confidence Family Support Coordinator Debbie Gavan has said "we're absolutely delighted to be awarded this grant. It's a fantastic recognition of everyone's hard work who is involved with the project. Most importantly though it means we can continue to help the people we are here for."

The Bellshill and Mossend YMCA Association Manager Stephen Henderson thanked "the staff here at YMCA Bellshill and at COVEY for their work delivering and demonstrating Pathway's successes. We're thrilled to be able to continue working with COVEY for the people and communities in our area."

Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said: "I am delighted that COVEY has been successful in securing a Big Lottery Fund grant. The funding will make a big difference where it is needed most and I wish the COVEY every success as it goes on to develop and expand its project for the benefit of their local community."

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