Cancer Care: Children and Young Peoples Service
CancerCare is a unique independent charity dedicated to helping families affected by cancer and other potentially life limiting conditions living in North Lancashire and South Cumbria.
Delivered by qualified and experienced staff, CancerCare’s wide range of free professional Therapy Services are designed to help individuals and their families come to terms with and manage the challenges of a serious health condition and include: Counselling, Support Groups and a Children and Young People’s Service.
CancerCare has three dedicated centres based in Barrow (Trinity Church Centre on Warwick Road), Kendal (The Lakes Centre, Blackhall Road) and in Lancaster (Slynedales, Slyne Road) and also provides outreach services in local hospitals.
All CancerCare’s services are provided completely free of charge to anyone affected by cancer or a life limiting condition living in North Lancashire and South Cumbria including relatives, carers, and those bereaved.
Therapy sessions are available all through the week including some evening appointments.
The impact of a cancer diagnosis, serious illness or loss of a loved one can be devastating to any of us; it can be even harder for a child.
It is for this reason that CancerCare has a dedicated Children and Young Peoples Service (CYPS) team which offers free support to clients, their parents and carers.
CancerCare’s team of qualified CYPS Therapists work with children as young as three in specially equipped therapy rooms within each centre.
Providing a safe and confidential space gives children the opportunity to ‘tell their story’ and the chance to express themselves in many different ways including:
Play – dressing up, role play, and playing with toys are great tools that allow children to make sense of their world
Art and creative expression – using clay, paints or collages can enable the young person to depict feelings, memories, and fears that they may have previously found difficult to speak about
Counselling and group support– helping children realise that their feelings and ideas are in fact ‘normal’
CancerCare also offers consultations for parents/carers, for support at any time.
The Children and Young Peoples Service also delivers training to other professionals to assist in understanding cancer, serious illness and the impact of death, from a child or young person’s perspective.