Befriender for a young person with Cystic fibrosis

  • VO75151
  • Home-based volunteering


Description

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. 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.
Desirable qualities required include good listening skills, patience 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.

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Frequency and commitment details

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

Restrictions

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: Use of car to collect a client who lives within a reasonable distance of the volunteer''s home (expenses paid)
Minimum age: 19

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: All out of pocket and travelling expenses reimbursed
Training details: Training is provided in the form of an induction and continuous training where appropriate.

Last updated 3 months ago

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