Befrienders offer support to young people (8-17 years) affected by the genetic condition Cystic Fibrosis to empower them to achieve a better quality of life. This is aimed at increasing the client's self-esteem and enhancing their coping skills, by broadening their horizons and exploring their concerns and difficulties, to produce an improvement in their quality of life in general.
A befriender will meet with a young person regularly to build a trusting one-to-one relationship. They will introduce appropriate social activities to, and explore interests and aspirations of, the young person. They will give the young person someone to talk to and, in time, facilitate discussion of the difficulties being experienced to help alleviate the stress in their lives. The befriender might also have to help the young person and their family to cope with official systems and forms.
This is a fantastic way to make a real difference to the life of someone else. Apart from the satisfaction of seeing the progress the young person makes, it is also an opportunity to enhance your own life and build new skills. A minimum commitment of one year is needed to ensure these goals can be met.
After expressing an interest in this opportunity, the applicant will be contacted by the Trust for a discussion of the role in more detail. A short application form has to be completed, followed by an informal interview. Befrienders will then attend an induction event (expenses paid), and the Trust will acquire PVG clearance on their behalf, before a befriender is paired up with an appropriate client within a reasonable travelling distance from the befriender's home.
Must have a drivers license and access to a car.