Befriender for a child or young person with Cystic Fibrosis

  • VO61966


Description

Befriending is a fantastic and rewarding way to make a real 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.
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a life limiting condition that currently affects around 1200 people in Scotland. The Butterfly Trust aspires to improving the quality of life for people affected by Cystic Fibrosis by providing support, promoting people's rights and helping them to live independently.
Our befrienders offer one to one face-to-face 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.
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

The Butterfly Trust provides support in the community for people affected by cystic fibrosis throughout Scotland. Our team of trained volunteers provide face to face support services that include emotional support, help to negotiate official systems in regard to housing, education and employment issues, mentoring for young people with cystic fibrosis, massage therapy for young adults with the condition and transport to hospital appointments for people who are not sick enough to qualify for mobility help and cannot afford a car.

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Would require a minimum commitment of 4 hours per month for at least a year.

Frequency and commitment details

Would require a minimum commitment of 4 hours per month for at least a year.

Restrictions

Full UK driving licence, held for a minimum of 2 years; Use of a clean & smoke free car.
Experience required: Good listening skills, patience and an adaptable attitude.
Travel details: We have opportunities in your area. We provide mileage expenses.
Minimum age: 19

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Expenses are paid monthly on receipt of claim
Training details: Volunteers receive a copy of our detailed Volunteer Handbook, they get a one day induction before starting, and 1-2 training days per year.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer