Befrienders for Young People with Cystic Fibrosis

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The Butterfly Trust are a Scottish registered charity that offer direct one to one support to people living with Cystic Fibrosis. We are helping to empower people with Cystic Fibrosis in Scotland.

This befriending opportunity allows the befriender to make a positive difference for a young person, while also growing their own experience and enhancing their life skills. Our befrienders offer one to one support to a young person aged 8 to 18, who has Cystic Fibrosis.

Young 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.

A befriender will meet with the young person every 1 to 2 weeks, to build a trusting one to one relationship. A commitment of at least a year is required - this will allow the young person time, space and a suitable environment to explore their feelings, discuss their fears, develop life skills and grow in the areas where they may be struggling.

A great opportunity to make a real difference for people. Excellent support and relevant training is provided to all volunteers. For more details please contact Helen Tew, Volunteer Manager at E Mail: or tel 0131 478 1268.

Organisation aims and objectives

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.

Frequency and commitment details

Flexible times available to suit volunteers. All help greatly appreciated.


Experience required: Good listening skills, patience, reliable and an adaptable attitude.
Travel details: The young person will live within a reasonable travelling distance from volunteer’s who help.
Minimum age: 19


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: We reimburse travel (and subsistence when relevant) costs and any agreed activity expenses.
Training details: Full training and excellent support is provided to all volunteers. Induction is one day covering the condition, the befriending process and procedures, interpersonal skills, Trust procedures. One team day per year for ongoing training. Support from befriending co-ordinator member of Trust’s staff.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
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