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Programmes Calendar

Scroll down for a look at our 2021 Programmes Calendar


In line with the COVID-19 restrictions across Aotearoa, our face-to-face services have been suspended until further notice. We will continue to provide support via video call, phone, and online. Please get in touch with your Youth Worker or Psychosocial Support Worker if you need additional support.

2021 Programmes Calendar



September – December

*Our face-to-face events are currently suspended until we are at Alert Level 1.
Please reach out to your key worker to find out about our online events. 

We will update our calendar as soon as we move to Alert Level 1.

You can also check out our events on CanTeen Connect.

Register today and join in!


Programme Overview


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


Peer events

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


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.