Places You’ll Go Program
What’s the project about?
The Places You’ll Go program is a chance for young people who’ve had cancer to meet other young people and explore their place in the world now that their cancer treatment has finished. Canteen brings together young people from around Australia for a 3-day overnight program in Sydney. The program mixes together group work, fun activities, and social time – all to help you learn new ways to cope with life after cancer.
Lots of people tell us that it can be tricky to figure out how to cope with getting back into ‘normal’ life after cancer. You might be feeling worried, sad, or unsure about how to live the life you want to live. You might also want a chance to talk to other young people about what their experience was like, as well as share your own. Canteen thinks that the Places You’ll Go program gives you a great opportunity to learn new skills and meet other people, but we want to know if you think that, too. You’re the expert in your cancer experience so what you think and feel matters to us.
Everyone on the program will be put into a small group to let you connect with other young people and learn ways to manage some of the common issues you might be facing after finishing cancer treatment. You’ll talk about things like figuring out who you are now, how to share your cancer story, and ways to deal with worries or uncomfortable thoughts. These groups are run by two trained Canteen staff who will lead different activities that teach coping skills and strategies.
When you’re not in one of the four group sessions, you’ll be involved in lots of fun games and activities and have a chance to spend time with other young people who’ve had cancer.
You’ll also be invited to give Canteen feedback on your experience on the program. We’ll ask you to answer questions to tell us how you found the program and anything you might have learnt from it. You’ll answer these questions on paper surveys before, during and after the program, and you can also choose to have a chat with someone from Canteen’s research team. This information helps Canteen make sure that we’re supporting you in the best way possible.
You can go on the Places You’ll Go program if you’re aged between 12 to 17 years old and have finished your active cancer treatment. You may still be receiving long-term or maintenance treatment. You can live anywhere in Australia, but you need to be a Canteen member. If you’re not a Canteen member yet, or you’re not sure if the program is right for you, speak to Canteen’s friendly staff in your local offices – you can find the details here: https://www.canteen.org.au/contact/division-offices/.
Yes, this project has ethical approval from the Human Research Ethics Committee at the University of Sydney, project number 2017/013. That means we’ve agreed to carry out the study according to the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) that was developed to protect people who agree to take part in research studies.