CanTeen is a nationwide support group for young people who have or have had cancer, and for their brothers, sisters and friends. CanTeen Ireland was set up in 1990 by a group of dedicated health professionals. We can be contacted through our address, the Irish Cancer Society, or through social workers in hospitals. We have 5/6 weekends away. We go to various activity centres throughout Ireland such as the Share Centre in Fermanagh, Carlingford Adventure Centre, Tanagh Outdoor Education Centre, and Barretstown Camp. We also go to Alton Towers every two years and have been to Scotland and even as far away as Australia and New Zealand!
As a group we meet 6 to 8 times a year. At these meetings we have a chance to talk, share stories and have a bit of fun. We then have lunch….PIZZA, PIZZA and more PIZZA! In the afternoon we go bowling or play quasar or paint ceramics etc. To keep you up to date, we have set up a newsletter that is written by the members. The Steering Committee is the group that runs CanTeen. It has a majority of teenage members, so it will be the members who will be making the decisions on what activities etc. you want to do.
What cancer type is the group/centre for? All cancers.
Who is the group/centre for? Young people between the ages of 12 and 25 years who have or have had cancer and for their brothers, sisters and friends.
Geographical areas served: Nationwide.
What support/services are offered? 1to1 support, Health professionals involvement, Home/hospital visiting, Social events. Symbols Wheelchair accessible, Information service, Counselling service, CLIMB
CLIMB is a programme designed especially for children of primary school-going age (5-11 years) who have a parent or a significant adult with a diagnosis of cancer.