What is Building Brighter Futures?
Building Brighter Futures is a three-year programme for 10-18 year olds with cystic fibrosis, funded by BBC Children in Need. The programme will include talks, Q&As and workshops to give you practical skills to manage your CF alongside other interests. We hope to cover a broad range of topics from mental health and isolation, to coding, blogging and vlogging. Hear from Digital Youth Outreach Officer Bahar Mustafa to find out a little bit more about her role in the Building Brighter Futures Programme.
What's coming up?
Self-care, self-management and wellbeing
We will be inviting Chloe Kazantzis to facilitate a six-week programme that looks at goal setting and habit tracking as a strategy to make changes that last for 14-18 year olds with cystic fibrosis. Chloe lives with CF and is an active member of the Trust's Youth Advisory Group. Chloe has received training and will be drawing on her expertise to deliver this course. This course aims to help you to maintain a demanding treatment schedule, learn how to find balance, and take control of your life beyond cystic fibrosis. This will also be a chance to share your experiences with other young people with CF, in a safe way, using a video calling platform.
This course kicks off with a social on 1 April which will allow participants to get to know each other and take part in some ice breakers and fun activities. Then week 1 of the six-week course begins the following week, 8 April, with the last session on Monday 13 May. Don’t worry if you’re joining late, as this is a safe online space for young people with CF and you will be welcome to join at any point in the programme!
Monday 1 April, 5pm – Social meet and greet, activities and introductions!
Monday 8 April, 5pm – Introduction and overview of the course
Monday 15 April, 5pm – Physical wellbeing and exercise
Monday 22 April, 5pm – Social wellbeing, communication and habit tracking
Monday 29 April, 5pm – Social wellbeing, communication and identity
Monday 6 May, 5pm – Emotional wellbeing and stress
Monday 13, 5pm – Wrapping up and final thoughts
For more information please contact our Digital Youth Outreach Officer, Bahar Mustafa, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be recording some of our workshops and talks so that you can watch them later. Take a look at the recordings from our 'preparing for work' workshops below.
Preparing for work
CF and mental health
Watch a 20-minute talk on CF and mental health with Chloe, a member of our Youth Advisory Group and the NHS youth forum, who discusses her experiences with mental health and how it impacted her CF.