COVEY Befriending is a brilliant small charity, which supports disadvantaged young people and their families across South Lanarkshire, through mentoring and befriending services.
The charity trains volunteers from the local community and matches them with young people who are experiencing serious difficulties, to support them through their challenges. Local services refer young people to COVEY, because the charity helps with issues including bereavement, substance-misuse, poverty and poor mental health.
Through weekly befriending, mentoring and group support, over 200 vulnerable young people and their families are helped by the COVEY team every year.
The charity is a vital service for children like 11-year-old James, who cares for his sibling. James has been involved in the charity’s befriending groups for over a year, and since then his confidence has grown and he feels more comfortable in social settings. Thanks to the work of the COVEY team, he has taken many little steps to success.
Global’s Make Some Noise is proud to help COVEY deliver ‘Time Out’ – a support group for sibling carers of children with additional needs. The Time Out project runs twice a week and gives young people a space away from their responsibilities where they can enjoy time to themselves to learn, grow, have fun, relax and express themselves freely.