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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 a young person in need of support, you can refer them to CanTeen using our online form.

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Events and programmes

Face-to-face events are BACK following the COVID-19 lockdown!

Our Youth Workers are running activity days and events across Aotearoa (including Auckland in the coming weeks) where you can meet other young people 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 for more info.

Individual support

Cancer affects everyone differently and at CanTeen we get that. Our specially trained staff can work with you over the phone or on Skype to help you deal with the daily stresses that cancer can bring. Call us on 0800 CANTEEN or email to have a chat with our friendly staff.


Online support

Regardless of where you live, you can connect, chat and share experiences with other young people 24/7 through CanTeen Connect. Counsellors are also available online or by phone seven days a week. We’ve just launched the CanTeen Connect app too – check it out on iOS or Android.

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 young people develop their communication skills, self-worth and confidence for the future. CanTeen also provides training and mentoring so young people can support others going through a similar experience who need extra support in hospital or at home.

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