Befriender for a young person with Cystic fibrosis

  • VO75151
  • Home-based volunteering


Befriending 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.
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 for around 3 hours every 1 to 2 weeks, away from the home environment, to build a trusting one to one relationship. 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. This will allow the young person 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.

During COVID, befriending sessions have been successfully conducted via Zoom (with a good store of ideas within the Trust) but we aim to return to face-to-face at the start of August..

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.

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.

Befrienders 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.










Frequency and commitment details

Once every one to two weeks for 2-3 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, reliability, 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


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, and follow-on training where appropriate. Support is provided by a dedicated member of the Trust's staff.

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