Children & Young People’s Service

The impact of a cancer diagnosis, serious illness or loss of a loved one can be devastating to any of us; it can be even harder for a child.

It is for this reason that CancerCare has a dedicated Children and Young Peoples Service (CYPS) team which offers free support to clients from the age of three to 18 years, their parents and carers.


CancerCare’s team of qualified CYPS Therapists work with children as young as three in specially equipped therapy rooms within each of our centres.

Providing a safe and confidential space gives children the opportunity to ‘tell their story’ and the chance to express themselves in many different ways including:

Play – dressing up, role play, and playing with toys are great tools that allow children to make sense of their world



Art and creative expression – using clay, paints or collages can enable the young person to depict feelings, memories, and fears that they may have previously found difficult to speak about

Counselling and group support– helping children realise that their feelings and ideas are in fact ‘normal’

CancerCare also offers consultations for parents/carers, for support at any time.



The Children and Young Peoples Service also delivers training to other professionals to assist in understanding cancer, serious illness and the impact of death, from a child or young person’s perspective.


For more more information please contact the CancerCare Therapy Coordination Team on 01524 381 820 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


ReFresh Peer Support Group Summer Activity Programme

Building on the success of last year’s Summer Activity Program we are pleased to be able to offer a wide variety of free activities to young people aged 12-17 who are eligible for Cancer Care services.

If you want more information or to book on activities please contact Lou Andrews on 01524 381820 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Come and join us quad biking, swimming at Sandcastles, try meditating with horses, dog training or spend an afternoon in the woods learning forest skills. If you have been affected by bereavement or cancer/life limiting illness of your family or friends these group activities are for you.

The activities culminate in a one night glamping residential at Alton Towers so get in touch and book your place !!!!!

Consent forms are available either online or through the post or can be picked up at Cancer Care.

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