10 Dec, 2018
CanTeen NZ to restructure
CanTeen announces restructure to enable continued support of young people living with cancer
Youth cancer charity CanTeen is undertaking an organisation-wide restructure in order to ensure the financial viability of the organisation and continued provision of support to young people living with cancer.
CanTeen has a proud 30-year record of providing support to young people that are impacted by cancer. A cancer diagnosis within a family has an overwhelming impact not just on the individual but on all family members, and CanTeen’s aim is to make sure every young person impacted by cancer is supported to get through the enormous challenges they will face as a result of cancer coming into their life.
CanTeen relies entirely on community support and donations to be able to deliver vital support services to young New Zealanders impacted by cancer.
In recent years, CanTeen has been struggling to remain financially viable under the current service delivery model. In recent months it has become clear to the CanTeen board that the current financial situation is no longer tenable.
After extensive strategic discussions the CanTeen board has developed a plan that will enable CanTeen to secure its future viability and improve the operational efficiencies of the organisation.
Regrettably, this has included a number of redundancies. It is a very difficult time for CanTeen’s dedicated employees and youth workers, however this restructure is a critical step in enabling CanTeen to become financially viable and continue to provide services to young people that are in need of CanTeen’s support.
Young people will continue to be central to CanTeen, and the organisation’s vision remains unchanged. The ultimate goal is to make sure no young person goes through cancer alone – whether it’s their own cancer diagnosis or that of a family member.
CanTeen is facing the toughest period in its history head-on. The board has worked hard to determine a new structure that will ensure CanTeen continues to support the young people in New Zealand that need it most.
We believe there are more cost-effective ways we can deliver services, and when these changes are made, there will be significant opportunities for CanTeen to support more young people, more effectively, than ever before.
The proposed structure will include a combination of face to face and online support services alongside regular programmes around New Zealand.
No matter where they live, all young people impacted by cancer in New Zealand will now have access to professional online counsellors and peer support forums via www.canteensupport.org.nz.
Online counsellors are available seven days a week: 12 noon-midnight on weekdays and 1pm-8pm (NZDT) on weekends. They will also be able to chat and share stories with other young people who truly understand what a cancer experience is like through the online peer support community which is available 24-hours a day.
Now more than ever, CanTeen needs the support of the New Zealand community. Please continue to support CanTeen’s fundraising efforts, help raise awareness of their services or donate via www.canteen.org.nz/ways-to-give. With help from the community, CanTeen can continue their vital work to ensure that no young person has to face cancer alone.
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