20–24: Kāpiti event, Timaru event
27–31: Taranaki event, NZ Psychosocial event (online)
3-7: Christchurch event, Auckland East and South event
10-14: Wellington event, Auckland event, Dunedin and Invercargill event, Tauranga, Rotorua and Taupo event
17-21: Taranaki event, Hamilton event
24-28: Kāpiti event, NZ Psychosocial event (online)
31-4: Christchurch event, Auckland event, Kāpiti event
7-11: Wellington event, Nelson event, Gisborne event
14-18: Palmerston North event
21-25: Taranaki event, Invercargill event, Dunedin event
28-2: Northland event, NZ Psychosocial event (online)
All of CanTeen’s peer events and programmes are designed, delivered, and evaluated to best meet the needs of rangatahi living with cancer. There are a core set of outcomes that we are seeking to achieve with all events and programmes:
– New and/or stronger supportive relationships with other rangatahi developed (peer support)
– A reduced sense of isolation (whanaungatanga/social connection)
– Quality respite and recreation experiences (a ‘break’ from cancer)
– Development of practical skills and/or effective coping strategies
– Increased knowledge of available support within CanTeen and in the broader community
– Increased knowledge of how/confidence to access these supports
We hold peer events in our main centres and regions across the country. Our Youth Workers (YWs) and Psychosocial Support Workers (PSWs) travel to the centres and regions within their hubs to run these events, meet one-to-one with rangatahi, and connect with stakeholders.
Events can 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.
We also have a comprehensive programme of online events including recreational events, casual drop-ins and psychosocial events, and therapy groups run by PSWs.
New Therapeutic programme
Sensing our Grief: a 6-week online therapeutic programme for bereaved rangatahi. It utilises the five senses to explore grief and loss in a tangible, experiential and accessible way.
Camps are held throughout the year and range from recreational to therapeutic. For example CanFish, CanSurf, and our national leadership camp.
*CanTeen Hubs: North Hub (Taupo to Northland), Central Hub (Wellington to Taranaki and Hawkes Bay), and South Hub (South Island)
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.
Rangatahi have an opportunity to sign up and participate in our leadership programme each year. Each hub has a leadership group that meets regularly, in person, and via Zoom. A National Leadership Camp is held at the beginning of each year so rangatahi have an opportunity to all come together as a group.
Leaders act as ambassadors, advise on services, help to run events and programmes, and can apply to become Board Directors.