Oct 31, 2019

Here come the Guys

Cancer treatment can take its toll on your body, and when you receive a diagnosis there are so many things to think about that skin care can seem like one of the least important to think about.

The same drugs that kill off the cancer cells also effect the growth of skin cells.  Skin can become dry, sensitive, irritated and fragile.  The complexion can change becoming a yellow or grey colour, and nails become brittle and cracked.

For many years, Teens Unite, have offered workshops to help the young women we support to deal with these chemo-effects.  The workshops have helped to build confidence by offering professional tips to help them come to terms with their new appearance. 

And, since our last update we have been working with the team at Look Good Feel Better to help the Guys deal with their new skin care needs.   We’re also bringing in some of the UK’s leading barbers who will be helping the young men style and care for their post-chemo hair, which can return with a completely different texture and colour.

We will be heading to the iconic Broadgate Tower in London’s Financial District for this workshop, at the end of November.  The views from the room are stunning and always add to the magic of the day.

When we report next time, we will update you on the day and share some images.

To everyone who has supported the project, a HUGE Thank You!

Oct 31, 2019

New opportunities to learn new skills

Since our last report, a further 20 young people united to embrace their entrepreneurial skills and work, as the group did last year, to develop new t-shirt designs for Teens Unite which will go into production, being sold to raise funds and awareness for the Charity.

The young people were divided into teams, briefed, allocated an external mentor from the business world and allocated time with designers.  The teams were advised that their designs, promotional materials and their business plans were to be showcased to a team of Judges, including Teens Unite’s co-founder and iconic fashion designer Karen Millen, OBE, at the formal celebration dinner.

As the teams got to work, they were visited by the team from New Skills Academy, who support us by providing online learning opportunities for the Teens.  The guys have a lot of experience of business start-ups and genuine entrepreneurial minds and were happy to offer plenty of advice which the young people couldn’t get enough of.

After lunch, which further fuelled the creative juices, the Teens got their stands ready for their business pitch.  They displayed their printed sample, financials and marketing plans.  Once these were looking professional, they went off to get themselves ready for the Judges.

Joining Teens Unite’s co-founder were the Head of Global PR at a renowned UK retail giant, a fashion writer and one of our beneficiaries who was on last year’s winning team.

Every one of the young people played their part in presenting to the panel, whether it was delivering cost ideas, marketing plans or sharing details of their personal journeys which had shaped the design concept, every one of them stepped up.

Pitches and questions over, the Judges then faced the difficult task of selecting a winner. While they deliberated, the Teens joined many of our supporters for a Celebratory Dinner.

At the end of the evening stand out individuals were recognised as well as the overall winning design revealed.  Awards for leadership, team players and entrepreneurial skills were given. 

Through the process the young people

  • Developed skills such as teamwork, public speaking, conflict resolution, time management and active listening
  • Had an insight in to the business world
  • Gained genuine work experience
  • And rebuilt confidence and motivation to return to education or employment and plan for a future beyond cancer

The winning t-shirt design can be seen and purchased from the shop on our website, www.teensunite.org

To everyone who has supported this project a HUGE thank you. 

Aug 7, 2019

Showing the world your true colours

Gentle skin cleansing and maintaining the hydration of skin so often compromised by cancer treatment is important, and the lovely ladies from Look Good Feel Better started the most recent Beauty Workshop with some advice, and some demonstrations for the eight new young ladies who joined us for this day.


We headed to a new venue in Westfield, Stratford, the home of Morphe – a make up brand very popular with the young people we support, renowned for their incredible colour palettes and for pushing the boundaries, making a real impact.


After the skin care, came the make up techniques that Look Good Feel Better regularly share with the Teens – the techniques help to recreate eyebrows and the effect of eye lashes, so often lost with cancer treatment.  They taught the young ladies some contouring techniques, which also help to restore some confidence and support the Teens in getting to know their new look.


The young ladies then got to know each other over a delicious lunch at The Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) – a firm favourite with all our beneficiaries!  They talked about everything from music, to fashion, make up to movies, and everything in between.It is a wonderful thing to see these young people, who haven't met before, form such great bonds over such a short period of time, and we know that the connections continue after the workshop ends.


After lunch we made our way back to Morphe and met up with some of their incredible make up artists who showed us how to create some truly vibrant eye shadow looks with their amazing palettes.  Their vision of showing the word your true, vivid, exploding colours really did come to life.


At the end of this day of pampering the young people had made some great connections with others who really know what it’s like to face cancer at a young age.  They also received a fantastic goodie bag from the Look Good Feel Better team which they could take home and recreate the looks, as well as continuing to take care of their skin.


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

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