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There is always something exciting happening at COVEY!

August 2023

COVEY Connects in Clydesdale!

COVEY's rural befriending project, COVEY Connect, has had a welcome boost in the form of additional funding from two local sources.

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January 2023

A New Chapter for COVEY in 2023

We are hugely excited for the year ahead...

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March 2020

Preparing for Coronavirus COVID-19

For all information on Covey Befriending's response to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) situation, please see this post.

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June 2020

Covey AGM 2020

A Date For Your Diary;

we are currently planning this year's AGM and more information will be made available as we go through the next few months.

January 2020

Covey Staff Changes

We are always moving forward at COVEY and have had some further staff changes.

Jackie Simpson, Team Leader has now moved onto new challenges and we wish her all the best in her endeavours.

We have a new Family Support Worker, Charlene Coyle and we look forward to growing with Charlene through her COVEY journey.

January 2020

Covey funding 19/20

COVEY has enjoyed full funding for the current financial year 19/20 and we are working hard to ensure that we can sustain our services for 20/21.

We are firming up on our three year Strategic Plan and considering all aspects of sustainability for our young people and families that we work with.

May 2019

Elisa shares her views on Body Image in support of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

Body image is the way we feel about our bodies. This is influenced greatly by the media and society's idea of the "perfect body". I believe that greatest act of defiance here is to love yourself exactly as you are.

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April 2018

Covey has a brand new website

We have been working hard over the past few months to update our online presence, to continue to deliver the best experience that we can for our users.

The new site has been fully redesigned, refreshed and updated, and will deliver an immersive experience for all browsers, across all platforms.

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.

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March 2017

Former COVEY Befriender Monica Lennon MSP celebrates our work in a Parliamentry discussion on the Triggers for Loneliness

Highlighting the important work of both LEAP's Hands On Project and Covey Befriending in her speech, Monica Lennon said:

"Volunteers who aim to reduce social isolation through befriending are the backbone of the work that is ongoing in communities right across Scotland to the tackle the growing problem of loneliness.

"We should be celebrating that work at every opportunity, and I'm glad that the member's debate on loneliness provided the opportunity for me to highlight to Parliament the important work that volunteers across Hamilton are engaging in on a daily basis."

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January 2017

intandem launches with COVEY in South Lanarkshire

intandem is Scotland's mentoring programme for young people looked after at home. The programme is funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by us in South Lanarkshire.

The intandem programme reflects how important it is for all young people to have at least one long term relationship with a positive adult role-model. The disruption children face leading up to, going into, or leaving the care system can make this difficult to achieve.

COVEY will match young people with trained and vetted volunteer mentors who will support them to build a positive, supportive and secure relationship. To be most effective, the mentoring relationships will be long term and will consist of frequent and regular outings.

The criteria for referral is:

the young person must be aged between 8-14 years and looked after by their local authority but living at home with their parents. intandem relies on volunteers to provide fun outings while building a positive, trusting relationship for children and young people. If you would like to volunteer this is a great opportunity to help a young person enjoy the benefits of a supportive and reliable role model.

Volunteers Needed

We are always on the lookout for new volunteers.

If you or anyone you know would be interested in becoming a befriender/mentor please call the office on 01698 894017 or 01555 673447 for more information.

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