Young Ambassadors Programme – Julie’s Story
Young Ambassadors Programme
Over the years many of the young adults (18-24 year olds) who have graduated from our support have expressed a desire to volunteer their time and experience, to mentor other young people whose lives have been impacted by cancer.
Taking on board this feedback, we launched a Young Ambassador’s Programme in 2016. Twelve graduates have joined the programme to help our staff deliver residential group support to children and teenagers living with cancer, and to become future spokespeople.
21 year old Julie Tumelty from Ardglass is one of our new Ambassadors. She says,
“Ever since my diagnosis I have wanted to help other young people going through their own cancer journey. At the time of my illness Cancer Fund for Children played a massive role in helping my family through the difficult times. We enjoyed short breaks together at Daisy Lodge, in Newcastle and self-catering breaks in their Cottages near Coleraine. My siblings and I also benefited from attending residential group support which gave us the opportunity to meet individuals in a similar situation. Each of these support mechanisms inspired me to give something back to this amazing charity.”
“I became involved in the Young Ambassador’s Programme to inspire children and teenagers affected by cancer and to encourage them to chase their hopes for the future, just like I have. Being a Young Ambassador has allowed me to create some really good friendships. I have attended training days with other Young Ambassadors and had a great time getting to know each of them, and sharing our experience of cancer.
“Another thing I love about the role is how it makes me feel. I have volunteered at a number of residentials now and I can honestly say I have seen a different side of myself. My self-confidence has grown so much in this short period of time. I am eager to see how beneficial being a Young Ambassador is going to be for me, as well as the young people the charity support.”