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This year 2020/21 has been a year like no other, as everyone adapted to connecting virtually and embraced a whole new way of living and working.


The recurring theme throughout this year for COVEY was how we continued to add colour to lives in new and innovative ways as we demonstrated that we certainly were NOT ON MUTE!


In this year of significant challenge and change, we have been encouraged by the continued commitment and professionalism from our Board and staff, volunteers, funders and partners in the face of significant adversity for our communities.

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Chief Executive


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We have continued to recruit and train new volunteers. This year a total of 102 volunteers were involved with COVEY. We are so grateful to each one of them!




Each one of our 210 young people have benefitted from the input and support of COVEY through this year. "It is great to have support from COVEY and know we’re not alone" Parent 

The strong, trusting and reliable befriending relationships continued over the year, enabling our young people to feel connected, knowing COVEY was there for them and their families.



directly supported

Throughout lockdown, families experienced additional trauma and financial challenges, needing an increased level of support from our staff.


different projects

many partners

Our funding partnerships are hugely significant for us as a community. We built strong and trusting relationships with many more professional partners in Lanarkshire as we worked together for the young people and families we support.


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Our volunteers gave the equivalent of over 100 days of time to add colour to lives. We also provided 6 student placements during the year, with our first Social Work student making valuable strategic connections for COVEY.


young people

group hours

Much of life suddenly started happening on Zoom! We are grateful for the way staff, volunteers and young people responded to that change. We also spent considerable additional time on the phone supporting our children and young people, and their parents.



support calls

Telephone calls were often needed almost daily with some lasting over 90 minutes. Additional calls to other agencies and social work were over and above this, as we regularly advocated for our families.




Through the year we delivered 107 care packs to families to help with well-being. 104 food packs were distributed and essential items such as microwaves provided.


group places

for young people

Young people adapted quickly to meeting through Zoom. Staff delivered packs with six weeks’ activities supplies at a time, enabling each young person to regularly take part.


hours of support to parents/carers

The personal support offered to parent/carers was a life-line. They were supported to attend their GP and access crisis help and other specialist services.


staff well-being


We continued to support our staff in their professional development and well-being. Here's a flavour of some of the staff well-being times: Ready Steady Relax, Yoga Yahoo, Karaoke, Soup Success, Lash Dash, Mindfulness and Grasp yer Gaelic!


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Each one of our young people have benefitted from the input and support of COVEY through this year as we have helped to reduce social isolation.

"It's great to hear the laughter and chatter

coming from her room when she's on her group"

Grandparent Kinship Carer


At times COVEY was the only support that families had through the difficult times and we saw an increase in the challenges that families faced, with many needing more intensive help and support.

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"Thanks so much for the pamper box and it's great to get something

unexpected in the post. It's made my day :)"

Grandparent Kinship Carer

Children Embracing in Circle


We supported significant change, were able to stand strong as an organisation and have been involved in seeing futures change for those in our communities through our activities over the year.

Here are some of our many COVEY activities

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Some individuals have particularly shone during this time. One young person who has missed a lot of schooling due to sensory issues has thrived. They are a lot happier and has shown to be far in advance of his years academically. The young people have been much more engaged in the group while on zoom and have been very thoughtful and supportive of others having difficulty online.


We are grateful to our funders, partner agencies and above all the fantastic staff and volunteers who have connected with children, young people and families; many continuing remotely through lockdown.

We continued to develop our services in South and North Lanarkshire, forging strong strategic connections in line with our three-year strategic plan.

For every person involved with COVEY we seek to achieve:

Growth in confidence

Improved well-being

Reduced social isolation

Improved and Sustained self-esteem

Increased interests and skills

our mission

Through strong trusting relationships we support children, young people and families to become more resilient, safe and better equipped to reach their full potential; we add colour to lives.

our vision

Children, young people and families live happy fulfilled lives.

our values

Commitment: Giving of our best

Openness: Communicating authentically and truthfully


Respect: Valuing the individual


Innovation: Providing creative solutions


Passion: Caring deeply

our outcomes

For every person involved with COVEY we seek to achieve:


Growth in confidence

Improved well-being

Reduced social isolation

Improved and Sustained self-esteem

Increased interests and skills

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Looking to the year ahead we will continue to adapt and respond to change as we seek to increase the number of people we work with while continuing to improve, and provide an exceptional service.

We want to authentically demonstrate our values and continue to give opportunity for the voices of children, young people and parent/carers to be heard in the year ahead.

thank you for joining us
on the journey

"It's the only good thing I do in my week,

I love it!""

Young Person's view on their online group

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