Support for your children

At Cancer Fund for Children, we provide direct social and emotional support to young people aged (5-24) diagnosed with cancer, their siblings and young people who have a parent/guardian diagnosed with cancer. We empower, connect, and strengthen young people and their families so they feel better equipped to deal with the emotional impact cancer has on their lives.

Our team work with children, young people and young adults to build trust and rapport, and to enable them to talk openly and get much-needed support. We work with sensitivity and warmth and work closely with parents/guardians to ensure young people benefit fully from our support.

Individual support

Individual support can be delivered in hospital, in the community, in school or in the family home. It can be a one off session or a six week programme of support.

Individual support is available to children and young people aged 5-24 who are:

Diagnosed with cancer

The sibling of a child with cancer

Have a parent/guardian with cancer

Bereaved siblings

Bereaved children of parents with cancer

Group Support

Our Groupwork programmes allow children and young people with a similar cancer experience to build friendships and connections, to gain support and develop skills to help them cope better with cancer. Groupwork takes place in supportive environment in our Narnia residential log cabin, usually over three overnight weekend residentials, catering for around 14 young people.

These opportunities are open to young people aged 8-17:

Diagnosed with cancer

Siblings of young people with cancer

Have a parent with cancer aged 8-17

Bereaved

We also offer the opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme for young people aged 14-17. Teenagers diagnosed with cancer will also be offered additional opportunities through our partnership with other UK based cancer charities. Young adults aged 18-24 can also benefit from short breaks at Daisy Lodge.

If you would like to find out more about group support for your child, please contact your cancer support specialist.

 

“Group support provided my son with a unique space to be around people who knew first-hand what he was going through. For the first time he spoke openly about cancer and now talks to me and his dad about it. We have seen him really grow, make friends for life and be less afraid.”