It’s only because of incredible supporters like you that Canteen can provide free counselling services and programs for young people affected by cancer.
When cancer crashes into a young person’s world, the psychological impact can be immense. Young people dealing with their own diagnosis, a family member’s cancer or the death of a loved one are often feeling scared, anxious and overwhelmed.
To reduce distress and improve wellbeing, Canteen provides online and face to face counselling services so that young people and parents can access support regardless of where in Australia they live. Our highly regarded programs give young people the opportunity to develop coping strategies, connect with others who understand what they’re going through and have a much-needed break as well.
The funds you and your organisation have raised this year enabled us to provide more than 4,000 counselling sessions as well as 80 events and programs in the last six months alone, including:
- Winter Retreat in Thredbo where 20 young people impacted by cancer got to try skiing and snowboarding while connecting with others their age in a similar situation
- PEER program in Western Australia where fourteen 12-17 year-olds developed strategies to cope with the impact of cancer while also having fun with mini golf, bubble soccer and skateboard painting
- An Uluru program specifically tailored for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people impacted by cancer
Watch our Annual Report to learn more about the support you’ve enabled Canteen to deliver:
Georgia is one of the young people who have utilised Canteen’s free services. She is now part of Canteen's unique youth leadership program, sharing her story to raise awareness and funds as a youth ambassador.