This 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 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, taking them out to allow a private space to chat. The volunteer should therefore have access to a car. A commitment of at least a year is sought - this will allow the young person time, space 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.
Out of pocket expenses paid?
Yes - All transport costs, mileage (30p/mile), materials for activities.
Good listening skills, patience, reliability and an adaptable attitude. Must have access to a smoke free car
Volunteers will be matched with a young person who lives in their local area. The volunteer will take the young person in their car to an activity or environment away from home to give the young person space to talk.
This opportunity is compatible with the Saltire Awards for volunteers aged 12-25.
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