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How CanTeen is managing coronavirus (COVID-19).

20 Mar, 2020

How CanTeen is managing coronavirus (COVID-19).

We want to give you an update on how CanTeen is managing coronavirus (COVID-19).

The health and wellbeing of the young people we support – and their families – is our number one priority.

Cancer treatment can weaken the body’s immune system, which in turn greatly increases the risk of a health impact of any infection, including coronavirus. (Find out more about coronavirus advice for infection control here.)

In order to reduce the risk of infection for families who are already dealing with the immense challenges of cancer, we’ve decided to make some changes to the way we deliver our services.

We will:

  • postpone face to face events until the end of June and instead run additional online and video link events
  • provide all individual support and counselling appointments online, video link, email or by phone.

 

At this stage, we intend to continue offering digital and phone-only services until the end of June, but the situation is constantly changing so we’ll keep reviewing these plans.

CanTeen has recently developed a vibrant online support service – Canteen Connect. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we can now offer online peer support and counselling which will become more important as we move through the next few months.

As a result, CanTeen is extremely well placed to continue supporting young people impacted by cancer and their families while the country tackles coronavirus (COVID-19).

We are incredibly grateful to all of you who make this work possible – thank you.

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