Mentor for a young adult with Cystic fibrosis (Fife)

  • VO90094
  • Home-based volunteering


Description

Mentors offer crucial support to young adults (18 plus) with Cystic Fibrosis, in improving socialisation, broadening horizons and exploring concerns to improve self-esteem, enhance coping skills and the persons quality of life.

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 mentor will meet with a young adult every 2-3 weeks to build a trusting one-to-one relationship allowing the person to explore their feelings, aspirations and grow life skills, to support them in achieving goals or just giving them someone to talk to. Volunteers should also be a driver with access to a car to allow for outings with the young adult.

This opportunity also gives the mentor the chance to expand their own experience and enhance their life skills.

A commitment of at least a year is sought to allow the young adult time and space to explore their feelings, discuss their fears, develop life skills and grow in the areas where they may be struggling.

The mentor will be matched with a young adult in their local area. The volunteer may sometimes take the young adult in the volunteers car to an activity or environment away from home.

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 - 4 weeks for at least 2 hours each time. Commitment at least 1 year.

Restrictions

Must have held a full driving license for 2 years and access to smoke-free car
Experience required: Good listening skills, patience, reliability and an adaptable attitude.
Travel details: Use of car to collect a client who lives within a reasonable distance of the volunteers home
Minimum age: 19

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: All out of pocket and travelling expenses reimbursed
Training details: Induction is one day covering the condition, the mentoring process and procedures, interpersonal skills, Trust procedures. One team day per year for ongoing training. Support from mentoring co-ordinator member of Trust’s staff.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

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