Lanarkshire’s voluntary organisation Covey Befriending welcomed over 100 guests to its annual general meeting.
The event, held in the Banqueting Suite of the Council offices in Hamilton, was to help celebrate the positive impact the group has providing support to young people across the county.
Volunteers, young people, families, board members, councillors, former volunteers and others interested in the work of Covey enjoyed a really inspirational evening with the theme of Creating Connections - Changing Lives.
COVEY young people took a leading role in the celebrations bringing real energy and fun to the event.
A group of young volunteers who had recently been at a residential weekend in Wiston performed a song and encouraged everyone to get involved.
In place of the usual speeches COVEY presented a DVD reporting on the main highlights of the year and the way ahead for the organisation which has secured funding to deliver the YMCA Plusone mentoring programme in West Lothian as well as moving into supporting parents in their role.
With over 5,600 hours of volunteering being provided, this has helped support young people to move on in their life, befrienders have seen young people grow in confidence and really benefit from the support they are offered.
There was a flag pageant, where young people presented flags they had made, representing facets of the work that COVEY do such as one-to-one befriending, group befriending, ANGELS additional needs group and Plusone mentoring.
This came together at the end of the evening to make one large flag – Creating Connections!
COVEY’s Youth Forum, young people, who have a key role in shaping decisions in COVEY, were involved and a poetic vote of thanks was read by young volunteer Gemma.
Councillor Catherine McClymont presented nine young volunteers with their Saltire Awards, who with other young volunteers, had accumulated over 2,000 hours of volunteering with COVEY.
Rhoda Reid, project leader, stated how delighted she was that the evening had gone so well, with so many participating and a real sense of community and vitality brought by so many partners, the young people and volunteers.
COVEY still has copies of their 20th Anniversary celebratory book which provides inspiring reading and copies are available from the COVEY office.