Jul 28, 2020

Working together to Stay United

For so many people, the current pandemic has been isolating and lonely.  For our beneficiaries, already isolated by their illness, the period has been particularly difficult.  However, we have been continuing to do all we can to ensure that these young people have the opportunity to learn new skills, increase their confidence, regain their self- esteem, and most importantly have the opportunity to connect with other young people who genuinely know what it is like to face cancer in your teenage and adult years.

Since March 2020, when Government Advice was to “shield” and to stay home to stay safe, we moved our Positive Steps program to online delivery, utilising an online platform to deliver the same regular activities, inspiring these young people to recognise their potential now and in the future; empowering them to live every moment to the full.

Rather than three face to face activities each month, we have been delivering four “digital” sessions each week – supporting more young people than ever. The young people have taken part in a number of different activities, all with the same overriding objectives, but have particularly enjoyed the Escape Room activities which encourage them to work together towards a common goal, and teach them skills such as problem solving, open questioning, listening skills, time management and conflict resolution, all of which will help them when they are ready to return to education or early employment.

After each of our digital sessions, the young people are sent a survey to help assess our delivery against objectives.  100% of the beneficiaries feel more connected as a result of the sessions, 92% feel that they have learned something new or achieved something, 97% feel that their confidence has increased and 100% feel part of a community that genuinely understands them.

SO, to everyone who has been supporting our Positive Steps project, a huge thank you.  Your support has ensured that, even during the global pandemic, we have been able to continue to unite these young people and help them to see that there is life beyond cancer.

May 7, 2020

Delivering Differently

The first part of this project was secheduled for delivery in April 2020.  However, with the worldwide pandemic and associated lockdown's in place this has been postponed.

Isolation was the norm for these young people way before it became our normal. And now more than ever they need to feel connected.  So, unable to host a residential stay for the young people we have been delivering online sesions where they can come together with other young people who know what it is like to face cancer in your teenage and early adult years, take part in some activities, chat, form new friendships or reconnect with old friends.

We hope when we next report our progress we will be able to share details of a reunion of friends.

May 7, 2020

Hair Care and Some Me Time

Since our last report,  the young people took part in  an all-female activity where ten young ladies learned hair and scalp care techniques and treatments.

They also learned skincare and nail care. 

The hair, skin and nails all suffer as a result of the invasive and intensive treatments that the young people go through.

Finding out you have cancer can be daunting and life-changing, and the added stress that the side effects of treatment can have on your appearance can be demoralising and hard to cope with, especially for young women and teenagers.  

The support of the professionals in the group helped the young people to learn self-care that they can practice at home, and also confidence boosting techniques that help them to embrace their new look and understand their new needs, enabling them to move forward in all aspects of their lives.

Some quotes from some of the young people attending

“Made me look forward to something and want to leave the house with something other to do than appointments. Met new people amazing people including the ladies who helped with this pamper day.”

 “The most important thing for me was not the activity of the day actually, it was meeting other “teens” in my boat which I hadn’t had the opportunity to do before.”

 “It has helped me come out of my comfort zone and meet new people…”

 “It has helped me with my confidence. Talking to other people who have went through the same thing.”

 To everyone who has helped to fund this project, a huge thank you from the young people who you are supporting to live their best life while others search for a cure.

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