Positive Steps

by Teens Unite Fighting Cancer Vetted since 2014
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Since our last update, we have launched an exciting new programme giving six young people supported by Teens Unite, the opportunity to organise, develop and run their own fundraising event, working alongside our own events team.

We are really excited that this is something a little different, and have developed the programme to give the participants the opportunity to gain practical experience utilising a wide range of skills including research, design, sales, negotiation and finance as well as event management.

In the first meeting, the group got together and started to get to know each other over a lovely lunch at some stunning offices in London’s city district. They started to discuss some of their initial ideas, talk about the roles that they thought might be required, and their own skills and strengths as well as their ambitions.

By the end of this meeting, they had allocated some initial tasks and started to work on researching different event ideas, venues suitable for each. They talked about their budget and started to think about their audience, how they would market and promote their event.

It was a long day, but the team left full of ideas and excited to get to work on their allocated tasks.

During the second event, the team re-grouped and developed their event idea, they got really creative thinking about a name for their event. They had some ideas about venues, and made dates to go and see the venues and their facilities.

By the time we update you next time, these young people will have hosted their event. We will be delighted to share with you all of the details and share some of the pictures.

To everyone who has contributed to our project, a huge thank you, for allowing us to try something a little different which will teach new skills and give valuable experience that will enhance the CVs of the young people we are supporting.

Exchanging ideas
Exchanging ideas
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!
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
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Presentation 2
Design ideas
Design ideas

This report shares some very recent work that we have been doing with the young people we support, so recent in fact, the young people are still at the event as we prepare this report.

For a five day period in August, twenty young people, who are somewhere on their own cancer journey come together for an unforgettable, positive and uplifting time.  They make new friends that will stay with them always, as they share something in common that they can chose to talk about or not.

Over the five day stay, they challenge themselves physically and mentally, some of them for the first time since their diagnosis.  During the stay, they get to express their thoughts and fears through the creative process with art workshops, they do some physical challenges such as archery, rock climbing and bell boating, and they take on our Apprentice Challenge, preparing them for a return to work or education.  They'll take part in a "traditional school sports day" and enjoy a BBQ before relaxing in the gardens, or playing games such a giant Connect 4, giant Jenga, or card games. They'll get social and enjoy a quiz night, karaoke and a bit of beat boxing

But before all that starts, there is a gentle pampering session where the young people are treated to some relaxing hand massages as they get to know each other over a delicious pizza.

Sessions like this, and the Thai Chi and relaxation sessions that they participate in on the second day are so important for a young person following a cancer diagnosis and treatment.  Cancer and its treatment can be stressful and the relaxation treatments and techniques that the young people learn, help to calm the mind and sharpen their ability to focus.  The combination of deep breathing and meditation learned in these sessions enable the young people to transport themselves, emotionally, to a place in which they feel safe and secure and better able to deal with things.

On the final evening of their stay, the young people attend a formal dinner to celebrate their achievements.  Ahead of the dinner, a team of beauty therapists come to pamper the young people, giving them a professional make over, helping them to come to terms with their new physical appearance, teaching application techniques and professional processes that will help to rebuild their confidence.  This confidence in turn helps the young people to move forward in all aspects of their lives.

To all of the supporters of this project, we offer our sincere thanks.  With your generous help, we are able to unite more of the seven young people aged 13-24, who, everyday in the UK, hear the words "you have cancer".

Since our last update, we have continued to work with the young people we support, introducing new workshops and activities, all with the same overall objectives

  • Encouraging young people to think positively about life with and beyond their illness.
  • Setting realistic goals to increase motivation.
  • Developing skills such as team work, problem solving, public speaking and active listening.
  • Gaining an insight in to a diverse range of businesses and experiencing the working world.
  • Rebuilding confidence and motivation to return to education or employment and plan for a future beyond cancer.

In our last report, we updated on how we have been very fortunate to develop a partnership with a local company who employ a wide range of staff – everything from trades, to logistics and planning through to customer service teams talking to their customers and helping them.

This partnership is invaluable for Teens Unite as they are offering structured workplace experience for the young people who are ready to consider a return to work, or take their first steps in the working world after completing their education.

So often, these young people are “derailed” by their illness, and their once clear plans for the future need to be rethought as the effects of their illness and treatment have taken a toll, sometimes physically.

We are delighted that two young men we support will be undertaking the first of these structured placements this month. One young man was set on a career in the armed forces. His brain tumour and the effects of treatment make this no longer a possibility. He will be taking on a placement with a plumber to see if this is a trade that he would like to pursue as a career.

In other activity, we have returned to the Escape Rooms, which, through a set of fun challenges provides the young people with an opportunity to learn and utilise key transferrable skills, such as problem solving, time management, conflict resolution and team work, as they worked together to solve the clues, and escape the room in the given timeframe. 

Another of our recent partnerships, with a local kitchen company, who have fully functional demonstration kitchens, has been invaluable to us in delivering cookery workshops. The cookery day is designed to promote healthy eating and encourage independent living. Together with the other young people, they learn culinary skills and master dishes that they can easily recreate at home. They learn about nutrition and what is needed to ensure a healthy balanced diet.

We’re busy getting ready for our Annual Activity Stay, where twenty of the young people come together for an unforgettable week taking on many elements of the Positive Steps program culminating in an Apprentice Style challenge, which we will tell you all about next time.

For now, we offer our sincere thanks for your continued support.


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