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. They are usually referred to us by the specialist clinical team.
Our befrienders offer one to one support to a young person aged 8 to 18, who has Cystic Fibrosis. A befriender will meet with the young person every 1 to 2 weeks, to build a trusting one to one relationship. A commitment of at least a year is sought - 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.
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.
Reimbursement of travelling costs, mileage (currently 30p/mile), postage/stationery, refreshments and cost of activities/materials when appropriate.
Since the role requires driving, the befriender must have held a clean driving licence for at least 2 years and have access to a smoke-free car.