Building Brighter Futures
What is Building Brighter Futures?
Building Brighter Futures is a programme for 10-18 year olds with cystic fibrosis, funded by BBC Children in Need. The programme includes workshops, talks and Q&As, and covers a broad range of topics from mental health and isolation to coding, blogging and vlogging. By getting involved, you can build your practical skills of managing your CF while developing other interests too.
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Make friends, have fun and learn new skills (all from the comfort of your own home!).
Are you aged 6-25 and have CF, or close to someone who is? Our youth programme runs fun and exciting online events – from games nights to yoga and movie nights, we have something for everyone!
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.
Last summer, young people with CF connected online for a six-week storytelling workshop, in collaboration with On Our Radar. Here’s a video they created talking about what it’s like living with an invisible illness.
Preparing for work
- Week 1 - Effective job searching, 1 hour 59 minutes
- Week 2 - CV and cover letter, 1 hour 19 minutes
- Week 3 - Preparing for an interview part 1, 54 minutes
- Week 4 - Preparing for an interview part 2, 55 minutes
- Week 5 - Your first job - your rights, 1 hour 2 minutes
- Week 6 - When you're in work - dos and don'ts, 19 minutes
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.
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