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What We Do

We’ve got your back

We’re here to help if you’re 13-24 and dealing with:

  • Your own cancer
  • Your parent or sibling’s cancer
  • The death of a parent or sibling

How we help

At CanTeen, there’s no one size fits all. We provide a wide range of support services so you can choose what’s right for you. Everything we offer is free of charge. If you know rangatahi in need of support, you can refer them to CanTeen using our online form.

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Events and programmes

Our Youth Workers are running activity days and events across Aotearoa, where you can meet other rangatahi in similar situations and get a break from cancer. They include everything from surfing and rock climbing to theatre trips, self-care workshops and online events.

We also run a range of specialist three-day programmes where you can develop new skills to cope with cancer and have fun too.

Check out our programmes calendar or check out our events on CanTeen Connect.

Individual support and therapy

Cancer affects everyone differently and at CanTeen we get that. Our specially trained team can work with you over the phone, via zoom, or face-to-face to help you deal with the daily stresses that cancer can bring. Call us on 0800 CANTEEN or email info@canteen.org.nz to have a chat with our friendly staff.

Please note: CanTeen does not provide a crisis service and is not available outside of office hours (Mon-Fri, 9 am – 5 pm). If you or a loved one is at risk of self-harm or suicide, please contact emergency services at 111 or your local community mental health team.

Other helplines include:

YOUTHLINE: 0800 376 633 | Free text: 234

SUICIDE CRISIS: 0508 TAUTOKO (828 865)

NEED TO TALK: 1737 | Free call or text

Online support

Regardless of where you live, you can connect, chat and share experiences with other rangatahi through our online platform CanTeen Connect. CanTeen Connect counsellors are also available online or by phone six days a week. We’ve just launched the CanTeen Connect app too – check it out on iOS or Android.

Rangatahi Development Grant

CanTeen Aotearoa provides Rangatahi Development Grants to support rangatahi aged 13-24. The grant is up to $1,200 and aims to assist rangatahi to grow and thrive. We have grant application intakes each quarter and a select committee will determine the 5 grant recipients for each intake.

Rangatahi can apply for a grant for a range of reasons, including – laptops, phones, tuition fees, driving lessons, music lessons, tutoring, books, etc.

Intake closing dates 22/23: 30 June 2022 | 30 September 2022 | 13 January 2023 | 14 April 2023

Rangatahi Development Grant application 

*To be eligible rangatahi must be currently supported by CanTeen.

Youth Leadership

Youth leadership is central to who we are, what we do and how we do it. Through local and national leadership opportunities, we help rangatahi develop their communication skills, self-worth and confidence for the future. CanTeen also provides training and mentoring so rangatahi can support others going through a similar experience who need extra support while in the hospital or at home.