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Saturday, 19 September 2020


UKSE lends a hand to COVEY Befriending

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A South Lanarkshire charity that provides mentoring to young people locally has received a grant from UKSE, allowing it to provide a year of support to its participants.

COVEY Befriending, based in Hamilton, provides a range of facilities to vulnerable young people and their families, including one-to-one mentoring schemes and tailored support for those with additional needs.

UKSE, a Tata subsidiary, has provided the charity with £2,500, enabling it to provide specific support for some of society’s most vulnerable young people.

The Befriending Plus project is a mentoring scheme that supports individuals from the ages of 8-14 who are at risk of offending. Trained volunteers are matched with young people and help them build their confidence, relationships and skills for a minimum of one year, diverting them from risky behaviour. By setting goals and celebrating achievements, the project equips members with the tools to improve their lives.

Like many charities across Scotland, COVEY Befriending relies on constant fundraising to exist, requiring over £35,000 annually for just one of their many projects. The contribution from UKSE will allow the project to continue for another year, helping around 12 individuals.

Lynn Cochrane, Team Leader at COVEY Befriending, said:

“Our main aim is to support children, young people and their families and to connect with others in their community during difficult times, bringing colour to their lives. We are very proud of the work we do here at COVEY, and our staff and volunteers are very committed to supporting some of society’s most vulnerable people.

“UKSE has been very generous and thanks to its financial support we can continue to provide our Befriending project. It’s such an important initiative and really helps to increase the positive outcomes for young people living in South Lanarkshire. We are very grateful to the team at UKSE and can’t thank them enough for their support.”

Scott Webb, area manager at UKSE, said:

“The work COVEY Befriending carries out throughout Lanarkshire is outstanding and genuinely changes people’s lives for the better. We are proud to support such a fantastic charity.”

Due to the current restrictions around COVID-19, this year’s Befriending Plus project will continue with a shift from face to face contact to online and telephone support.

For more information, please visit www.ukse.co.uk

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