Building Brighter Futures

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Building Brighter Futures

Building Brighter Futures is a programme for 6-18 year olds with cystic fibrosis, funded by BBC Children in Need. Find out more about how you can get involved!

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What is Building Brighter Futures?

Building Brighter Futures is an online programme of events, workshops, and activities, where young people with CF and their brothers and sisters can make friends, have fun, and learn new skills.  From games nights, to free online workshops, to movie nights, we have something for everyone! 

Online events

Make friends, have fun and learn new skills (all from the comfort of your own home!).

Are you aged 6-18 and have CF, or does your brother, sister, mum or dad have CF? If the answer is yes, then come along to one of our fun and exciting online events or workshops – from games nights, to yoga and dance, to movie nights, we have something for everyone! 

Coming up!

21 April - Movie night and social for 8-14 year olds (you will need access to a Netflix account to join)

26 April - Arts and crafts for 8-13 year olds

4 May - Drama for 10-14 year olds

19 May - Singing for 8-13 year olds

31 May - Movie night for 6-10 year olds (you will need access to a Netflix account to join)

15 June - Games night for 8-11 year olds

29 June - Magic for 6-10 year olds

13 July - Games night for 12-18 year olds

27 July - Movie night for 10-14 year olds (you will need access to a Netflix account to join)

If you'd like to sign up or find out more, then get in touch with us at  You can also keep up to date at @CFTrustYouth on Twitter.

If you do not have access to a computer, laptop or tablet, the family fund might be able to help you.  Have a look at their website here.

"I loved this workshop, and I can't wait for the next one... it is the best workshop I have been to!" - Young person with CF

"I really enjoyed the workshop, and I don't usually like writing! I've made new friends and it gave me something to look forward to during lockdown. Thank you!" - Young person with CF

"It was really fun and inspiring, and I really enjoyed it... thank you so much!" - Young person with CF

"My son loved it and will definitely go again! It was 'The ‘funnest thing he's ever done', he said!" - Mum with a young boy with CF


Catch up

Take a look at some of the things young people with CF have been getting up to with Building Brighter Futures:

My passion keeps me well

In this series of videos, five people with CF talk about a hobby or career that helps them in some way with their cystic fibrosis:

Blogging – Nubi speaks about how blogging has helped her mental health and helps her to connect to other people with CF and other long-term health conditions. 

Performance – Jordy speaks about how drag, performance and theatre has helped them live with cystic fibrosis.

Video games – Ryan talks about how gaming has connected him with other people with CF worldwide.

Wrestling – Dan speaks about how his passion for wrestling has helped his work and mental health.

​Storytelling workshop

In 2019 young people with CF connected online for a six-week storytelling workshop, in collaboration with On Our Radar. Here is a video they created talking about what it is like living with an invisible illness.

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 cystic fibrosis.

Research we fund

We fund research to tackle some of the most pressing issues in CF today. Find out how your donations are making a difference.

What is CF?

Cystic fibrosis, or CF, affects the lungs, digestive system and other organs, and there are over 10,600 people living with it in the UK.

Contact us

Get in touch with us to speak to someone on our Helpline, find out about an event or speak to our Press Team.

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