Group Support for children who have a parent with cancer

 In Group Support, News, Young people
One of the challenges children who have a parent diagnosed with cancer face is isolation, not knowing anyone else in the same situation as them. Cancer Fund for Children’s group support helps connect young people impacted by cancer so that they can develop supportive relationships.

Last weekend our Cancer Support Specialists, Joe and Regina, organised a community day for a group of 8-11 year olds.  The theme for the day was identity and the aim for the day was to help young people identify coping strategies to help them at home and in their community.

Everyone designed their own flag to represent their identity and together as a team they took on the challenge of climbing Cave Hill to fly their flags.

Our Cancer Support Specialist Joe said,

“Throughout their journey to the top of Cave Hill the group set their own goals, asked each each for help and communicated how they were feeling.  These are communication tools that will help the young people with what they have going on at home.”

“The day finished with a visit to Starbucks where we were greeted by Aaron who made us feel so special. Reflecting back on our experience together we designed cups with messages of positive coping strategies that the children could use at home.”

This group will come together again for a graduation residential in Narnia in May leaving them with a new circle of friends with whom they can share experiences and provide each other with peer support.

Cancer Fund for Children provides practical and emotional support to young people (0-24) diagnosed with cancer or living with a parent with cancer.  We connect, empower and strengthen young people so they feel better equipped to deal with the emotional impact cancer has on their lives.

Find out more about the support we provide here.

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