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Building Brighter Futures

Building Brighter Futures is a programme for 10-18 year olds with cystic fibrosis, funded by BBC Children in Need. Find out more about how you can get involved!

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?

Learning to code

Coding is a valuable skill to have and allows you to be creative and innovative. We've teamed up with some expert coders who will be delivering online workshops over six weeks to young members of the CF community. You'll be using Google Hangouts to connect with one another, while our coders guide you using free programming software, Scratch. Each session you will develop a new skill and learn to build a mini game. You'll be given the opportunity to share your work with one another and work towards a final project. All the software is open source and freely available online, which means you can access it whenever you want to keep practicing, learning, and building.


Thursday 13th February – Social meet and greet! 

  • Week 1: Thursday 20 February – 5-7pm 
  • Week 2: Thursday 27 February – 5-7pm
  • Week 3: Thursday 5 March – 5-7pm
  • Week 4: Thursday 12 March – 5-7pm
  • Week 5: Thursday 19 March – 5-7pm
  • Week 6: Thursday 16 March – 5-7pm

If you’re 13-18 years old and want to sign up or find out more, please fill in this form.

Sign up

#LifeHacks (ages 13-18)

We have an exciting series of bespoke workshops that we will be running over six-weeks for young people. They will include tips on stress busting during revision, help with budgeting and finance, and career support for those of you who are starting to think about work, college or university. We will also be offering wellbeing support – watch this space for more details coming soon!

This workshop will be running once weekly over six weeks in May-June 2020.

Games Night (ages 12-25)

  • Free
  • Cross platform
  • Suitable for ages 12-25

Every two months we challenge gamers with CF to bring their A-game. Alternating between X-Box and Playstation, we try to play cross-platform games where we can so everyone can get involved. Don’t have a console but want to hang out? We stream the whole thing on Twitch and have a chat room going as well. It’s a no-pressure opportunity to talk to others who have CF about anything (though mostly we talk about pizza toppings and upcoming game releases).

Follow @CFTrustYouth on your console or Twitch to get involved.

Twitter plug: Want to stay up-to-date with everything we’re doing for young people at the Trust? Follow @CFTrustYouth on twitter for the latest.


  • 10 January 2020 - 7-9pm
  • 6 March 2020 - 7-9pm
  • 15 May 2020 - 7-9pm

Catch up

Missed out on one of our workshops? Considering signing up for a future course and want to see what's in store? Here, you can take a look at some of the things people with CF have been getting up to on our Building Brighter Futures workshops.

My passion keeps me well

In this series of videos, five people with CF talk about a hobby or job that helps them in some way with their cystic fibrosis. In the latest video, Nubi talks about how blogging about her condition has helped her release the things the doesn't feel comfortable speaking to her friends and family about and how she's using her CF to her advantage to help other people to share their stories. Nubi also talks about how her university has helped her to adapt her learning around her condition.

Find out more about your options for leaving school if you have cystic fibrosis, including some of the things to think about if you choose to go to university.

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.

​Storytelling workshop

This summer, young people with CF linked up online as part of the Building Brighter Futures storytelling workshop, in collaboration with On Our Radar. Here’s a video they produced talking about what it’s like living with an invisible illness.

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 around 10,500 people living with it in the UK.

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