Canteen events & programs

Meet other young people who really understand what you’re going through, share ways to cope and have some fun at the same time!     

Group of young people attending a canteen program

Something for everyone


We’ve got everything from bowling to cooking classes and casual ‘drop-ins’ at your local Canteen office.

If it’s tricky to get to a face-to-face event, Canteen Connect can get you socialising from the comfort of your couch with things like book clubs, gaming nights and crafting sessions. Queer, questioning or curious? CanQueer also offers a vibrant online community for LGBTQI+ young people.

Want to try an overnight Canteen program? Our EXPLOREPEER and Quest programs are for you. They each focus on slightly different stuff, but all aim to give you time to connect with others, be active, deal with feelings if you need to, and take time off from cancer.

Two young people impacted by cancer hugging on a chair - Canteen

If your parent or carer has cancer


Getting the right guidance now and spending time with other young people in the same boat can really help. Truce allows you to connect with others who understand what it’s like when a parent or carer has cancer while our PEER program is all about support and taking a break from cancer.

Group of cancer patients and survivors having a picnic in the park through the SPACE program and Places You'll Go

Connect with other cancer patients and survivors


Learn how to strengthen your connection and coping skills through our SPACE program that’s specifically designed for young patients. If you’ve come out the other side of cancer treatment, Places You’ll Go can give you the strategies to thrive in your ‘new normal’.

Two siblings hugging at the beach - canteen family cancer support

Make sense of your sibling’s cancer


If you’re facing the challenge of a sibling’s cancer, hearing from other young people going through the same thing can be really helpful. Unpack how you’re feeling on our EXPLORE program or spend some time getting active, being social and focusing on YOU by going on our fun Quest program.

image of two members of a family affected by cancer looking into the sunset.

Coping with grief and loss


Dealing with the death of a parent or sibling is one of the hardest things you’ll ever face. No-one understands that better than other young people going through the same thing. Sensing Our Grief and Good Grief are programs that can really help.

Find out more
To learn more about or register for Canteen events and programs call 1800 226 833, email [email protected] or fill in this quick form.