Become a BefrienderWithin COVEY there are a variety of volunteering opportunities available to people who want to make a difference in the lives of young people living in Lanarkshire. These include one to one and group befriending, supporting with Xp& activities and school befriending. For full information on the variety of supports we offer see our what we provide page.
All volunteers are recruited, trained and supported by COVEY Befriending Coordinators. Befrienders establish a relationship with a young person giving them the experience of having a supportive and encouraging adult to relate to. Young person are given a chance to have some fun and participate in activities which they would not normally have the opportunity to enjoy.
The role of the volunteer with COVEY is not one of parent, social worker or teacher and being that of a volunteer, brings a non-official quality to the relationship which can benefit the young person greatly.
Prospective volunteers need to be over 18 and preferably have their own transport. In the Clydesdale area, own transport is essential.
What are the qualities Covey looks for in a befriender?
Anyone interested in becoming a befriender embarks on an assessment process. After an initial conversation indicating their interest, prospective befrienders receive additional information and then a home visit by a Befriending Coordinator who gives a fuller picture of befriending, what it involves and what COVEY offers volunteers in the way of training, expenses and support.
When an application form is completed and returned to COVEY, references are taken up, a Disclosure Scotland criminal record search carried out and a doctors report obtained.
Prospective befrienders are then interviewed by a Befriending Coordinator and Project Leader, and if successful, invited to training.
What is involved in the training?
Training takes place over six evenings and covers the following:
What commitment is expected?
After training, volunteers agree: