Mar 31, 2020

Still learning no matter where we are

Since our last update, we have been working to engage the young people we support in some online activities with the aim of 

  • Encouraging young people to think positively about life with and beyond their illness.
  • Setting realistic goals to increase motivation.
  • Developing new skills
  • Rebuilding confidence and motivation to return to education or employment and plan for a future beyond cancer.

We have been working with a new partner who offers online learning opportunities, they have very generously gifted an initial 200 accounts for the young people and provided access to their whole suite of courses. The work that we have been doing has been to encourage the young people we support to sign up to some learning activities. The opportunities for learning are considerable and diverse and the young people can choose to learn vocational or academic subjects. The added bonus is that they can learn wherever they are and can learn on a PC, Tablet, or mobile phone, so some are taking the opportunity to learn while undergoing treatment in the hospital wards.

To everyone who continues to support our project, we thank you for helping us to support more young people fighting cancer to live their best life, while others search for a cure.

Jan 8, 2020

Let's hear it for the Guys

Goodie Bags for all
Goodie Bags for all

Our “beauty” workshop took on a completely different shape this time as we worked solely on offering The Guys some help with their skin and hair care needs.

Home for this event was the Ricoh Offices in the Broadgate Tower, central London.  A magnificent space with stunning views of the City’s iconic skyline.

The importance of self-care and pampering can often be overlooked in the fight with cancer, and men are often way behind women.  So, this time, we looked to redress the balance and were really excited to get the boys involved with our very generous supporters Look Good Feel Better.

The Experts talked to our guests about various skin care techniques and reminded them of the importance of protecting their skin from harmful UV rays with suitable sun protection, all year round.

The Team demonstrated different grooming techniques and even showed the guys how to use concealers to reduce the appearance of scars if they wanted to.

They turned their attention to hair care and shaving and learned some helpful tips to take home with them, everything from the direction of the blades when shaving to gentle massage the head with the fingertips, which may not make the hair grow faster, but it increases blood circulation to your scalp, which is always good for the hair.

The young people were then able to Ask the Experts all kinds of questions about personal skin and hair care regimes, and to ask about different products and techniques specific to their own needs.

At the end of the workshop, everyone received a Goodie Bag full of the products they had learned about to they can continue their new regime at home.

To everyone who has supported this project, a huge thank you.  You are helping us to support young people fighting cancer to live their best life while others search for a cure.

Preparation is key
Preparation is key
Relaxing in to it
Relaxing in to it
Jan 7, 2020

Building blocks of success

Since our last report we have been working with an external consultant to develop a new workshop which uses “lego” to teach a number of essential business skills.

74% of young people diagnosed with Cancer are worried about the impact that Cancer will have on their future employment.

The idea behind the new, fully inclusive, workshop is to help provide skills such as team working, effective listening, debating, problem solving, dispute resolution and time management, which will help provide the confidence for these young people to look forward to a future beyond illness.

The young people need to see that their chances of success have not been impacted by the time they have had to take out of work or education, and we are confident this new workshop will help.  We look forward to sharing the pictures and the feedback from what we anticipate to be an exceptional day.

Your generosity helps us to support young people fighting cancer to live their best life while others search for a cure, and for that we are hugely grateful.

Thank you from everyone at Teens Unite Fighting Cancer

 
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