Jul 16, 2018

More Positive steps

Since our last update, we have continued to work with the young people we support, introducing new workshops and activities, all with the same overall objectives

  • Encouraging young people to think positively about life with and beyond their illness.
  • Setting realistic goals to increase motivation.
  • Developing skills such as team work, problem solving, public speaking and active listening.
  • Gaining an insight in to a diverse range of businesses and experiencing the working world.
  • Rebuilding confidence and motivation to return to education or employment and plan for a future beyond cancer.

In our last report, we updated on how we have been very fortunate to develop a partnership with a local company who employ a wide range of staff – everything from trades, to logistics and planning through to customer service teams talking to their customers and helping them.

This partnership is invaluable for Teens Unite as they are offering structured workplace experience for the young people who are ready to consider a return to work, or take their first steps in the working world after completing their education.

So often, these young people are “derailed” by their illness, and their once clear plans for the future need to be rethought as the effects of their illness and treatment have taken a toll, sometimes physically.

We are delighted that two young men we support will be undertaking the first of these structured placements this month. One young man was set on a career in the armed forces. His brain tumour and the effects of treatment make this no longer a possibility. He will be taking on a placement with a plumber to see if this is a trade that he would like to pursue as a career.

In other activity, we have returned to the Escape Rooms, which, through a set of fun challenges provides the young people with an opportunity to learn and utilise key transferrable skills, such as problem solving, time management, conflict resolution and team work, as they worked together to solve the clues, and escape the room in the given timeframe. 

Another of our recent partnerships, with a local kitchen company, who have fully functional demonstration kitchens, has been invaluable to us in delivering cookery workshops. The cookery day is designed to promote healthy eating and encourage independent living. Together with the other young people, they learn culinary skills and master dishes that they can easily recreate at home. They learn about nutrition and what is needed to ensure a healthy balanced diet.

We’re busy getting ready for our Annual Activity Stay, where twenty of the young people come together for an unforgettable week taking on many elements of the Positive Steps program culminating in an Apprentice Style challenge, which we will tell you all about next time.

For now, we offer our sincere thanks for your continued support.


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    May 24, 2018

    Looking Good and Feeling Better

    Since our last update, we have held another of the series of workshops in which we support young people, on their cancer journey to tune in to their new body, deal with scarring, hair loss, and changes in body shape. Helping to rebuild confidence around body image

    This time, we headed to a totally new venue, and were totally spoilt as we went to Belgravia at the beautiful COMO Halkin Hotel. Our room had a ceiling of glass receptacles filled with spices forming wave-like contours! The setting made everyone feel relaxed and very much looked after as we opened the cosmetic bags which were tailored to the needs of the individuals and their skin,and went through a beauty and skincare masterclass.

    Throughout the day, we could feel the confidence rising as we chatted, had lunch and were joined by a couple of volunteers who came to talk us through how we can incorporate massage, essential oils and well-being into our everyday lives, if it’s right for us and where we are in treatment.

    At the end of the day, we received some amazing feedback that helped to demonstrate that we achieved what we set out to achieve at the beginning of the day

    "the workshop has given me the opportunity to get out, and do something fun and help me feel more confident". Leana, 17, Brain Tumour

    "It helped me to feel beautiful again, and to learn how to use make up like I've always wanted to. It gave me a supportive environment in which I was able to try new stuff without being afraid of being judged....Laughing with new friends, talking to the team and the volunteers and looking gorgeous after applying make up" Amanda, 22, Hypoplastic MDS

    Apr 17, 2018

    Positive Steps - Update

    Outside of the Escape Rooms
    Outside of the Escape Rooms

    Since our last update, we have been creating some new sessions for the young people we support. All with the objective of

    • Encouraging young people to think positively about life with and beyond their illness.
    • Setting realistic goals to increase motivation.
    • Developing skills such as team work, problem solving, public speaking and active listening.
    • Gaining an insight in to a diverse range of businesses and experiencing the working world.
    • Rebuilding confidence and motivation to return to education or employment and plan for a future beyond cancer.

    We have been working with a Wellness Coach and Trainer who has been helping the young people to improve their communication skills and set some life goals. Through these sessions the Teens learned the art of active listening, identified barriers to effective communication, and learned the difference between coaching and mentoring. They picked up some great questioning skills too, which they put in to practice in the second session.

    The second session encouraged the young people to set themselves two goals. With a partner they asked each other lots of open questions to work out how they might achieve their goal, making sure that they used the SMART criteria to understand how to clarify their ideas, focus their efforts and utilise their time to achieve their goals.

    Outside of the workshops, we have been working with a new corporate partner who is offering structured work experience placements to the Teens who are looking to start, or return to, work and are considering a future in a trade, logistics & planning or a Customer Service role. We have a number of young people who had started their working life, but due to their illness are unable to continue, who are now looking forward to these opportunities.

    A Business Coach has also been working with a number of the young people who are ready to return to the workplace, offering advice on CV writing, submitting a strong letter of application and coaching them ahead of interviews.

    In the last few months, we introduced a new workshop, called The Escape Rooms, a physical “adventure game” where the Teens had to work together to solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints and strategy to complete a set of objectives.  This provided the young people with an opportunity to learn and utilise key transferrable skills, such as problem solving, time management, conflict resolution and team work, as they worked together to solve the clues, and escape the room in the given timeframe.  You'll see that we were only able to take photos outside of the room, just in case we give any clues as to what you need to do to escape!

    It’s been a very busy few months, but we certainly feel like we have helped many of the young people to take some very positive steps, and we thank you for your donation which is enabling us to continue to support more of the seven young people, aged 13-24 who, every day in the UK, hear the words "you have cancer".

    With kindest regards

    Active Listening
    Active Listening
    Goal setting
    Goal setting
     
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