Mentor for a young adult with Cystic fibrosis

  • VO89686
  • Home-based volunteering


Description

Mentoring is a marvellous way to make a difference to the life of someone else. Apart from the personal satisfaction of helping someone, it is also an opportunity to enhance your own life experience and build new skills. A minimum commitment of 1 year is needed to ensure these goals can be met.
Mentors offer support to adults with Cystic Fibrosis to empower them to achieve a better quality of life. People living with this condition have a demanding daily treatment regime at home and sometimes experience limitations that can affect their confidence and ability to cope with the challenges of everyday living. They may also be socially isolated because of their condition.
The aim of the service is to improve the young adult's quality of life - this includes ensuring they can live in a suitable home environment; benefit from the best home care; have access to other sources of help including financial assistance; receive equal opportunities in education and employment; and above all, reduce isolation and achieve independent living.
This is facilitated by the mentor and aimed at: increasing the client's independence improving and enhancing social skills broadening their horizons and exploring concerns, to improve self-esteem, enhance their overall coping skills and the person's quality of life in general.

A mentor will meet with the person regularly (typically for 3 hours every 2-3 weeks) to build a trusting one-to-one relationship enabling the person to explore their concerns and feelings, discuss their aspirations and grow life skills, to support them in achieving goals or just giving them someone to talk to helping to alleviate the stress in their lives. A session might simply be an opportunity to chat, eg over a snack or coffee, or may involve a specific activity such as sport or creative/arts.

A mentor might also be required to help with official systems and forms, easing the process of applying for such things as housing, a college place or even employment

During COVID, these sessions have been successfully conducted via Zoom but we aim to return to face-to-face at the start of August 2022..

Desirable qualities required include good listening skills, patience, reliability and an adaptable attitude.
Training and support is provided; and expenses reimbursed.

The Butterfly Trust provides unconditional, non-judgemental, confidential services that are designed to improve the quality of life for young people living with Cystic Fibrosis. These outreach services are delivered by trained volunteers who provide face to face support across the country.

Mentors must have held a full driving licence for at least 2 years and have the use of a smoke free car.

Organisation aims and objectives

Cystic Fibrosis is a progressive, life limiting genetically inherited condition with 1 in 25 people carrying the faulty gene that causes the condition. There is currently no cure for Cystic Fibrosis. The Butterfly Trust is the leading provider of social support to the Cystic Fibrosis community of Scotland. We were founded in 2002 to provide face to face services for people with Cystic Fibrosis and their families. Our aim is that people living with Cystic Fibrosis will have access to the support they need to ensure they can benefit from optimum homecare and enjoy the best quality of life in the community.

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Frequency and commitment details

Once every 2 - 3 weeks for at least 2 hours each time. Commitment at least 1 year.

Restrictions

Must have held driving licence for 2 years and have access to a smoke-free car.
Experience required: include good listening skills, patience and an adaptable attitude.
Travel details: Use of car to collect a client who lives within a reasonable distance of the volunteer''s home (expenses paid)
Minimum age: 19

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: All out of pocket and travelling expenses reimbursed
Training details: Training is provided in the form of an induction event, followed by further specific training where appropriate.

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