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Our Befrienders offer support to a young person living with Cystic Fibrosis. Befrienders share social activities and support to explore concerns so the person can grow self-confidence and develop life skills.

Young people living with this progressive and debilitating condition can face a variety of challenges that disadvantage them socially, financially and in the workplace. Their restrictions on their lifestyle can leave them isolated and sometimes struggling to cope. A Befriender will meet with a young person regularly to build a trusting one to one relationship. This will allow the young person space and a suitable environment to explore their feelings, discuss their fears and grow their self-esteem. In some cases the client will be increasing their confidence and coping skills for independent living.

A good befriender will give a 1 year commitment.

For an application pack or enquiries please contact Dr Miles Tew,, contact our office on 0131 445 5590 or visiting our website

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.










Frequency and commitment details

Once every one to two weeks for at least 2 hours each time. Commitment at least 1 year.


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: The young person will live within a reasonable distance of the befriender, who will take them in their car to an activity or environment away from home to give the young person space to talk.
Minimum age: 19


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: All out of pocket and travelling expenses reimbursed
Training details: 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