11th – 17th AKL City Event, Otago Event
18th – 24th 22nd – 24th U18 Good Grief Program, Tasmania
25th – 1st 28th Timaru Event, 30th CanSurf (Rotorua/Tauranga/Gisborne/Waihi/Coromandel)
2nd – 8th Northland Event, Palmerston North Event
9th – 15th HUB Christmas Events
13th – 17th Hamilton Event
20th – 24th North & West Auckland Event, Kapiti Event
3rd – 7th Auckland Central Event, Hutt/Porirua Event, Christchurch Event
10th – 14th Wellington Central Event
17th – 21st East & South Auckland Event, Taranaki Event, Nelson Event
24th – 28th Palmerston Nth Event, Timaru Event, 29th – 1st Explore Camp
2nd – 6th Kapiti Event, Christchurch Event
9th – 13th Auckland Central Event, Wellington Central Event, 13 – 15th U18 Survivorship Camp, Sydney
16th – 20th Northland Event, Taranaki Event, Otago Event
23rd – 27th 27th Bandana Day
30th – 3rd Gisborne/Tauranga/Rotorua Event, Palmerston Nth Event
6th – 10th Auckland Central Event, Hutt/Porirua Event
13th – 17th Hamilton Event, Napier/Hasting Event
20th – 24th HUB Activity Days
27th – 1st Palmerston Nth Event
4th – 8th Kapiti Event, Christchurch Event
11th – 15th Auckland Central Event, Wellington Central Event, Otago Event
18th – 22nd Taranaki Event
25th – 29th Palmerston Nth Event
1st – 5th Auckland Central Event, Hutt/Porirua Event, Christchurch Event
8th – 12th Wellington Central Event, Timaru Event, Gisborne/Tauranga/Rotorua Event
15th – 19th Taranaki Event
22nd – 3rd Hamilton Event, Palmerston Nth Event, Nelson Event
All of CanTeen’s events, activities and programs are designed, delivered and evaluated to best meet the needs of young people living with cancer, in sustainable and effective formats and locations. There are a core set of outcomes that we are seeking to achieve with all events, activities and programs:
• New and/or stronger supportive relationships with other young people developed (peer support)
• Reduced sense of isolation (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 an in the broader community, and increased knowledge of how/ confidence to access these supports.
Events and Activity Days
An event may be held during the day or evening and are usually 1-3 hours with a group of 10-15 young people. An activity day is an opportunity to bring together up to 30 young people for 6-8 hours. An event of activity day can be held in a range of locations, may be supported by Volunteers and/or Peer Leaders and may include recreation & respite, peer support, participation in a creative, cultural or sporting event, and psychosocial content e.g.
• Café catch ups
• Recreational group outings e.g. movies/bowling
• Whānau support sessions
• CanTeen info sessions
• Special interest groups or classes (book club/craft collective/fitness/cooking)
• Self-care workshops
• Outdoor excursions e.g. surfing, rock climbing
• Tickets to community, sport, theatre, musical or creative event/class/workshop/festival
CanTeen has multidisciplinary teams working out of three hubs, to service Aotearoa in three areas. The Auckland hub supports the North area which includes the Northland, Auckland, Waikato, East Cape and Bay of Plenty regions. The Wellington hub supports the Central are which includes the Hawkes Bay, Manawatu/Whanganui, Taranaki regions. The Christchurch hub supports the South area which includes the Marlborough, Cantebury, West Coast, Otago and Southland regions. Teams will travel to the regions to deliver:
• Events for young people (as per purpose and outcomes above)
• Community/ Whānau Event (CanTeen info meeting for families and friends)
• Stakeholder and community service visits/meetings
An overnight camp, hosted in a hub location in Aotearoa or Australia for up to 40 young people. Young people can apply and will be selected based on psychosocial need. In addition to the core outcomes, there are program specific therapeutic outcomes:
• PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM
– Enhanced peer support network through the development of new and/or stronger supportive relationships with other young people affected by cancer. These relationships include elements of trust, reciprocity, and validation of one’s cancer experience.
– Increased knowledge of personal values and strategies for exploring and discovering how to live a values-based life.
– Increased knowledge of available supports, both internal and external, and increased knowledge of how to access these supports.
• GOOD GRIEF PROGRAM
– Increased understanding and normalisation of the process of grief and loss.
– Increased capacity to recognise and express own feelings of grief and loss.
– Increased knowledge of strategies to cope with grief and loss.
– Increased skills and knowledge in accessing support for grief.
– For YP in CanTeen’s Co-ordinated & Therapeutic psychosocial support.
• SURVIVORSHIP PROGRAM
– Increased knowledge of acceptance coping skills that are associated with well-being in young people.
– Increased understanding of and connection with their identity as a young person who has had cancer.
– For YP in CanTeen’s Co-ordinated and Therapeutic psychosocial support.
Youth leadership is central to who we are, what we do and how we do it. Young people sign-up each year if they want to participate in our leadership programs, roles and activities. Each region has a leadership group that meets regularly using technology to work together on peer support activities, raising support for CanTeen and sharing ideas and feedback on a range of topics. Regions also host an overnight leadership development program each year.
From those groups, young people might undertake further national training to step into one of our specialised leadership roles:
• Board Directors – CanTeen’s Board of Directors includes a number of young people to ensure that their voice is heard in the governance of the organisation.
• National Leadership Team – representatives from across CanTeen’s regional groups are selected to sit on the NLT which consults to staff sharing ideas, feedback and consumer experience to inform the design, delivery and evaluation of programs services and projects.
• Listen Up – A national network of youth ambassadors who share their powerful stories in advocacy, media and fundraising campaigns.
• Cannect – The national network of peer support leaders who co-design and co-deliver events, activities, programs and outreach with other young people.
All Leaders can apply to be selected to travel to Sydney, Australia to participate in the CanTeen Youth Leadership Festival – a weekend conference in August which includes inspiring speakers, practical workshops, live music and fantastic social events.
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