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  • Young Adult Befriender
    with Butterfly Trust

    Volunteer Opportunity No. VO100155 - Created/last updated: 29/04/2024


    About this opportunity:Befriending is a fantastic and rewarding way to make a real difference to the life of someone else,
    giving personal satisfaction and enhancing your own life experience. This role is supported by
    Children in Need.
    Their befrienders offer one to one support to a young person aged 8-18, affected by 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
    A befriender will meet with the young person every 1 to 2 weeks, to build a trusting one to one
    relationship, for a year. This allows 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.

    Takes place:
    Minimum age:19
    Maximum age:100
    Training provided:One hour induction event usually via Zoom. Volunteer Handbook issued to provide information on the condition, the Trust and its procedures, interpersonal skills, introduction to some of the official systems. Support from member of the Trust staff.
    Out of pocket expenses paid?
    Yes - All transport costs, mileage (40p/mile), materials for activities, refreshments.

    Experience required:Good listening skills, patience, reliability and an adaptable attitude.

    Restrictions on who can volunteer
    No restrictions were specified.

    Application process:Application Form; Induction/Training; Interview; PVG membership required; References

    Taster available?Yes: Induction is one day covering the condition, the befriending process and procedures, interpersonal skills, Trust procedures, child protection. One team day per year for ongoing training. Support from befriending co-ordinator member of Trust's staff.

    Travel DetailsThe young person will live within a reasonable distance of the befriender, who will take them in their car to an activity or environment away from home to give the young person space to talk.

    Saltire AwardThis opportunity is compatible with the Saltire Awards for volunteers aged 12-25.

    What Now?

    To enquire/register an interest in this opportunity call us (FVA) on 0800 389 6046, e-mail us, or fill out this form:

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Butterfly Trust has the following, additional volunteering opportunities:
  - Young Adult Mentors
  - Cystic Fibrosis Support Volunteer
  - Driver for families affected by Cystic Fibrosis

Type of volunteering: Befriending / Mentoring
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