Befriender for young person with Cystic Fibrosis

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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, usually taking them away from their home environment, 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.

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

Commitment 1 Year 3 Hours, Weekly


Must have held a full driving licence for 2 years and access to smoke-free car. Our insurance requires the driving licence minimum limit. Since all clients have severe lung disease, the car they are transported in must be smoke-free.
Experience required: Befriending / Mentoring A good befriender will have excellent listening skills, patience, reliability and an adaptable attitude. Understanding of the need for confidentiality and adhering to Trust policies.
Travel details: Available at Multiple Locations true
Minimum age: 21


Training details: Induction training 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

Last updated 18 days ago