Volunteering is a fantastic way to make a difference to the life of someone else. It can also be an incredible opportunity to enhance your own life skills to help your personal and career development. Volunteer roles are great for your CV and employers love to see people who give back to their communities.
The Butterfly Trust has lots of volunteering roles available and are always actively looking to recruit and up-skill people to provide our face to face services to Scotland’s Cystic Fibrosis community.
We are more than happy to discuss volunteering with you to find the ideal role to suit both your needs and those of the organisation. Find out more about our available roles below and get in touch to discuss beginning the volunteer journey with us!
Our Support Workers provide support in their local community for people affected by Cystic Fibrosis. They provide a listening ear, help with official forms and support at meetings in relation to housing, benefits and independent living.
The role is very rewarding as you will carry out tasks that make a real difference to the quality of daily life for the young people we support. Support Workers are our first point of contact with clients, responding to requests that include help to acquire home improvements, disability related benefits or just someone to talk to. Support Workers can also be trained to provide advocacy if they wish to be more challenged, learn new skills or perhaps make good use of those they already have.
Support Workers need to drive and have access to a car. Find out more.
Our Befrienders offer support to a young person living with Cystic Fibrosis. Befrienders share social activities and support to explore concerns so the person can grow self-confidence and develop life skills.
Young people living with this progressive and debilitating condition can face a variety of challenges that disadvantage them socially, financially and in the workplace. Their restrictions on their lifestyle can leave them isolated and sometimes struggling to cope. A Befriender will meet with a young person regularly 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 and grow their self-esteem. In some cases the client will be increasing their confidence and coping skills for independent living.
Befrienders need to have a full driving licence of at least 2 years and have the use of a smoke free car. Find out more.
Our Mentors offer support to a young adult living with Cystic Fibrosis. Mentors share social activities and support to reduce isolation, broaden horizons and explore concerns to help improve self- esteem, coping skills and the person’s quality of life. Young adults living with this progressive and debilitating condition can face a variety of challenges that disadvantage them socially, financially and in the workplace. Their restrictions on their lifestyle can leave them isolated and sometimes struggling to cope.
A Mentor will meet with a young adult regularly to build a trusting one to one relationship. This will allow the person space and a suitable environment to explore their feelings, discuss their desires and aspirations and grow their life skills. In some cases the client will be increasing their confidence and coping skills for independent living.
Mentors need to have a full driving licence of at least 2 years and have the use of a smoke free car. Find out more.
Our Drivers provide transport for people affected by Cystic Fibrosis to hospital appointments once every 3 months or less frequently on a rota. Our clients are not disabled and do not need any physical help.
Children and young people with Cystic Fibrosis have to attend clinic appointments in hospitals to have their health monitored, usually every three months. Traveling in public transport poses risks of infection and waiting for transport in our typical inclement weather is undesirable because of their chronic lung condition. Our Drivers provide transport from home ensuring a safe and comfortable journey. This service makes a real difference by reducing some of the pressure on families at this time.
Drivers need to have a full driving licence of at least 2 years and have the use of a smoke free car. Find out more.
Our Massage Therapists provide massage in hospital for young people with Cystic Fibrosis. This role offers an opportunity for working in a hospital environment for someone with a professional qualification in Swedish Massage therapy or similar.
The Massage Therapy service is offered for young adults (16+) during hospital admissions. This service is highly regarded by both clients and the medical professionals who care for them. The benefits of physical and mental relaxation when someone is ill, stressed and in physical discomfort is invaluable and would not usually be available to people restricted by poor health and limited financial status. Many of these young people are far from home too in these centres and the therapist provides much appreciated social contact in additional to the benefits of the massage.
Massage therapists need to have a Diploma in Swedish Massage. Find out more.
Volunteers provide support to our Fundraising/Promotional department in various ways depending on what type of events and campaigns we have going on at that particular time. These can vary by what time and commitment they are able to give and what type of fundraising/promotion they are interested in.
Recently we have engaged volunteers in helping at events such our karting for Cystic Fibrosis nights, distribution of awareness posters and leaflets, collections & bag packs at supermarkets, shopping centres and sports stadiums, helping with social media and as part of regional promotional/fundraising groups.
There is no minimum or maximum commitment for this role. Find out more.