Feb 6, 2019

Getting ready to embrace positive thinking, confidence and self discovery

Dylan took on the fight of his life
Dylan took on the fight of his life

74% of young people diagnosed with cancer are worried about the impact that cancer will have on their future employment. Our workshops help to provide the confidence for these young people to look forward to a future beyond illness and are designed to help them see that their chances of success have not been impacted by the time they have had to take out of work or education.

In the time since our last report we have been working to confirm the taster sessions and speakers for our bi-annual event “Discover you” which brings together over 100 young people and their families for a motivational conference. The conference energises and engages the young people to discover what they can achieve; sign-post them to new opportunities and give them the confidence to succeed. They will hear from inspirational speakers, who have fought against their own struggles, take part in workshops and taster sessions to give them new ideas and give them the opportunity to speak to others with similar experiences.

We have confirmed speakers Chris, who since having cancer as a teenager and defying medical expectations, has spent two decades studying and working with the human body, is now a leading back pain expert and an international speaker.

And, Dylan, who in January last year, aged 23, was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma. Dylan is an MMA Fighter, and through his life has fought more than most, but he knew this fight would be his toughest. With his incredible positive mental attitude and his physical strength allowing him to maintain a training schedule through his treatment. Dylan has recently entered remission and will join us to share his story and his incredible positivity.

As well as hearing these two speakers, the young people we support will have the opportunity to attend sessions with professionals who can help them with budgeting and finance questions, support them with their CV writing and interview skills and techniques.  We will also have taster sessions to help the young people relax and start some gentle physical activity – for some, the first since their diagnosis.

We are very lucky to have been introduced to a unique employment agency and are very excited for them to join us on the day, not just to hear the stories of some of their own team, but to hear how they can help the young people.

The Ability People, are a team of specialist consultants finding genuine work opportunities for anyone with any kind of disability or impairment. This highly skilled team, all facing their own challenges, source and recruit from the global disability population and place people with household named companies as well as a growing base of SME.

For our next report, we look forward to sharing with you pictures and feedback from what we anticipate being an exceptional day for some of the seven young people aged 13-24 who, every day in the UK hear the words “you have cancer”. Thank you for your support of our work.

Chris, cancer survivor, health expert & motivator
Chris, cancer survivor, health expert & motivator
finding genuine work opportunities for everyone!
finding genuine work opportunities for everyone!
Feb 5, 2019

A new workshop that smells so sweet

Identifying our favourites
Identifying our favourites

The series of workshops that help the young people we support tune in to their “new” body, deal with issues of scarring, hair loss, and changes in body shape, as well as build confidence around body image are now titled “getting to know me”. And, we are continually looking for new ways to support these young people and rebuild their confidence following their cancer diagnosis and treatment.

The start of the New Year saw a brand-new event in the Teens Unite Calendar– a Perfume Making workshop. In this workshop we were looking to investigate and understand the documented health benefits of some aromatherapy oils, said to stimulate a sense of smell and set off a reaction in the body. Experts say that the benefits are many, including a boost to well-being, relieving stress and helping to refresh the body.

In addition, many of the oils we were introduced to are said to aid relaxation – Ylang-Ylang; Geranium; Lavender; Lemon; Clary Sage and Chamomile. We were also very interested to work with some of the oils that are considered beneficial to those suffering from fatigue or nausea, so often side effects of the treatment these young people are going through.

For this workshop, we visited a beautiful craft haven in the hustle and bustle of London’s, Covent Garden, “Tea and Crafting”. On arrival, we were met by Tanya, who was who was ready to start the day teaching us about natural oils and aroma, and then showing us how to create some natural body scrubs and perfumes with the aromatherapy oils.

The young people worked in pairs sniffing and identifying the natural scents – starting with the sharp, fresh top notes, working through the mellow, balancing mid notes to the lingering depth and warmth of the base notes. We started to sound like we knew what we were talking about and the room filled with the mix of aromas, so at times we felt as though we were in a spa!

As they day went on, we started to make our own body scrubs - we chose our favourite scents from the range we had been introduced to and mixed them with sugar and coconut oil to make our very own personal scrub.

Everyone had very individual preferences of the aromas and their pairings - some preferred the top notes of grapefruit and lime whereas others preferred the deeper base notes of sandalwood and musk.

After we finished the scrubs, we went on to create our own perfume using our choice of natural aromatherapy oils – again everyone came up with something different and unique to them.

This was indeed a very gentle and relaxing Teens Day and one where everyone went away with a unique scrub and perfume to be proud of!  

Thank you to everyone who has donated to our project and ensured that we continue to support some of the seven young people aged 13-24 who, every day in the UK, hear the words “you have cancer”.

Aromatherapy Oils
Aromatherapy Oils
Thank you for supporting our workshop
Thank you for supporting our workshop
Nov 13, 2018

Creativity, Innovation & Entrepreneurial Skills

Team Wasabi Warriors
Team Wasabi Warriors

Our Positive Steps workshops are designed to

  • Encourage young people to think positively about their life with and beyond their illness
  • Set realistic goals to increase motivation
  • Develop skills such as team work, public speaking, conflict resolution and active listening
  • Gain an insight in to the business world and gain genuine work experience
  • Rebuild confidence and motivation to return to education or employment and plan for a future beyond cancer

Since our last report, we have invited 20 young people to embrace their entrepreneurial skills and work collaboratively to develop a new, unique t-shirt design for Teens Unite. The young people were split in to four teams and assigned a business mentor who worked with them to not only create a new design, but to plan the launch and promotion of their t-shirt too. We took along a garment printer so that the teams could see their ideas come to life, and so that they could follow the whole design process.

We briefed the young people that we wanted to see creativity, innovation and unique designs that we could put before retailers to sell raising funds for and awareness of the Charity.

We were joined by business mentors from a private Charitable Trust, the UK’s biggest online shopping platform, one of the UK’s most popular High-End department stores and an international business consultant.

The young people were also supported by a group of designers from several UK businesses who all demonstrated a passion for creativity, imagination, design and inspired marketing. The designers were available to the young people throughout the day and supported them in creating their final design as well as their marketing material to create a product launch for their t-shirt.

Each of the teams were asked to create a business plan and to showcase their ideas in a ten-minute presentation to the Judges at the end of the day. Every member of the team was asked to take part in the presentation which was to be a real opportunity for them to “sell” their design idea to the Judges, share their design concept and their plans to market and launch their product.

After a spending time in the morning completing their business plans which ensured they created a cohesive vision for their teams, which they would then use to confidently communicate to the Judges, they demonstrated that they had considered their target audience, planned their launch and added their ideas for a marketing strategy, they then got down to the creative business and actually bought their design ideas to life.

After a busy morning, the young people headed for a delicious lunch, coming together with the Judges, who had been walking round and silently observing the groups, seeing the various skills demonstrated. Lunch was the perfect opportunity for an informal chat and for the Judges to familiarise themselves with the young people.

Lunch over, the teams finalised their designs and worked on their presentations ready for them to deliver later in the afternoon. The Judges, who came from different business areas, including independent boutiques and market leading financial service groups, were seated and ready to enjoy the presentations, marking the teams against a set of agreed criteria.

After each presentation, the Judges had some questions for the young people, and their responses helped them to select not just an overall winner, but some individuals whose performance was notable. The individual recognition covered, Best Leadership, Best Team Player, Best Presentation, Best Organisational Skills, Most Creative, and the Best Entrepreneurial Skills.

 After a long day, which saw four teams produce some amazing designs, all of which were worthy of recognition, the young people headed off to a Celebratory Dinner, taking time to get dressed up, and have their make-up done by some professional make up artists who kindly volunteered their time.

At the dinner, the overall winners were announced, and the individual recognition awards were presented. It was a fantastic evening where the young people celebrated their own and each other’s success, genuinely happy for their new friends whose achievements were recognised.

To everyone who has supported the Positive Steps program, sincere thanks from everyone at Teens Unite. 74% of young people diagnosed with cancer are worried about the impact that cancer will have on their future employment. Workshops like this help to provide the confidence to look for a future beyond illness, providing an excellent opportunity to work with and learn from the best in business.

Team Lizzie
Team Lizzie
Team Kirsty
Team Kirsty
Team Ashley
Team Ashley
Presentation 1
Presentation 1
Presentation 2
Presentation 2
Design ideas
Design ideas
 
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