Funding pays for new youth worker

One of our many goals at CancerCare is to expand our Re-Fresh Peer Support Group into Kendal and Barrow.

At present, the group meets each Wednesday evening at our Slynedales Centre in Lancaster and is made up of a number of young people affected by cancer or bereavement either themselves or in their families.

Sessions are led by our experienced youth worker and artist Lou Andrews who organises a variety of activities including listening to music, playing games and exploring the arts. The aim of the group is to allow young people to have fun, build friendships and boost confidence with others going through similar things in their lives.

This year we were awarded a grant from Global’s MakeSomeNoise fund to help develop our young people’s services and this money has allowed us to boost the team with a new youth worker, Chris Wadeson.

Fresh out of university, Chris has been eager to find a job that supports young people’s well-being and mental health and prior to joining CancerCare, he volunteered as a youth leader at St Thomas’s Church in Lancaster.

Chris said: “I am passionate about empowering, encouraging and supporting young people. It is important that they can feel comfortable around youth workers so they can have a great time and learn a lot them. But, most importantly, that they know that they are there for them if needed and that they offer non-judgmental support for whatever is on their mind.”

Currently at CancerCare we have 79 young people aged 11-18 involved in our services and we are looking to grow this number in the near future by expanding into the South Lakes and Barrow, so, we are glad to have Chris on board to help us achieve this goal!

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