Dec 30, 2020

Staying Connected to Combat Loneliness

During what can only be described as a strange and difficult year for the whole World, we have all experienced some of the isolation and loneliness that the young people we support experience every day – isolated by their illness they have faced further isolation with the need to shield.

And, while we have not been able to get them together for our normal workshops and activities, we have been doing all we can to ensure that they stay connected with others who genuinely know what it is like to face cancer in your teenage and young adult years.

We have transitioned our Positive Steps program to online delivery, and rather than delivering an activity three or four times each month, we have been delivering online four times a week.

The young people have still been able to take a whole range of activities from exercise and relaxation, escape rooms and quizzes, cookery and art, dance and book and film reviews, all rounded off with an online Christmas Party that bought all of them together for a night of fun and laughter.

Each week we have hosted online sessions where the young people have been able to come together, learn new skills and be part of a community.  They have been able to chat and relax and spend valuable time with friends old and new.  

We thank you for your continued support of our work, ensuring that more of the seven young people who, every day in the UK, hear the words “you have cancer”.

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Nov 23, 2020

Positive Steps still delivering a positive impact

The last six months have thrown up challenges none of us could have anticipated. Our priority has been, and will remain, ensuring we unite 13-24 year olds living with and beyond cancer, to live their best life.

Transforming our programme of four in-person activities per month to four virtual sessions every week has meant that we have quadrupled our service provision and are still here for the Teens. Alongside increasing our service provision, we have also improved accessibility for those not usually able to attend due to distance, treatment, or physical health. As a result, we have seen more young people register for our support.

 While the shape of Teens Unite has undoubtedly been impacted by Covid-19, the pandemic has affirmed our strategy to create an even better, more accessible service, available to more young people battling the long-term effects of cancer. We are the only UK charity providing ongoing support outside of the medical environment.

 Our Positive Steps activities are proven to address the long-term effects of cancer. Helping these young people learn new skills, progress, and benefit from the support of others who genuinely know what it is like to face cancer.

 The activities lend themselves to digital delivery, and the young people still learn new skills, meet new people and feel part of a very special community where cancer is not the thing that makes them different, but the thing that unites them.

 We have hosted online yoga and Zumba to encourage a return to activity; online escape rooms and treasure hunts to encourage working together, time management, questioning and listening skills, resilience and working towards a common goal. Our “expressing myself” workshops have ensured the young people have had an opportunity to express their thoughts and fears through the creative process – these have included music workshops and a variety of crafting activities coupled with acrylic painting techniques and iphone photography classes. Each week the young people have the opportunity to just “click and connect” taking part in a quiz or a game of bingo.

 To everyone who has supported the project, we thank you for not just making a donation, for making a difference to the young people we are helping to live their best life while others search for a cure.

Nov 23, 2020

Positive Steps Still Delivering a Positive Impact

The last six months have thrown up challenges none of us could have anticipated. Our priority has been, and will remain, ensuring we unite 13-24 year olds living with and beyond cancer, to live their best life.

 

Transforming our programme of four in-person activities per month to four virtual sessions every week has meant that we have quadrupled our service provision and are still here for the Teens. Alongside increasing our service provision, we have also improved accessibility for those not usually able to attend due to distance, treatment, or physical health. As a result, we have seen more young people register for our support.

 

While the shape of Teens Unite has undoubtedly been impacted by Covid-19, the pandemic has affirmed our strategy to create an even better, more accessible service, available to more young people battling the long-term effects of cancer. We are the only UK charity providing ongoing support outside of the medical environment.

 

Our Positive Steps activities are proven to address the long-term effects of cancer. Helping these young people learn new skills, progress, and benefit from the support of others who genuinely know what it is like to face cancer.

 

The activities lend themselves to digital delivery, and the young people still learn new skills, meet new people and feel part of a very special community where cancer is not the thing that makes them different, but the thing that unites them.

 

We have hosted online yoga and Zumba to encourage a return to activity; online escape rooms and treasure hunts to encourage working together, time management, questioning and listening skills, resilience and working towards a common goal. Our “expressing myself” workshops have ensured the young people have had an opportunity to express their thoughts and fears through the creative process – these have included music workshops and a variety of crafting activities coupled with acrylic painting techniques and iphone photography classes. Each week the young people have the opportunity to just “click and connect” taking part in a quiz or a game of bingo.

 

To everyone who has supported the project, we thank you for not just making a donation, for making a difference to the young people we are helping to live their best life while others search for a cure.

 
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