Re-Fresh set to open in Kendal

CancerCare is inviting youngsters aged 12 to 17 years to its Re-Fresh Peer Support Group which will meet at the Kendal Centre on Blackhall Yard offering a variety of engaging activities including arts and crafts, cooking and woodwork.

The group will he led by experienced youth workers and will act as a non-judgemental space designed to take young people affected by serious illness our grief “out of themselves” and help them make new friends and support others in similar situations.

The Kendal group is an extension of the service that has been running at Slynedales for the past two years and which has helped support dozens of young people. The first group will take place on Tuesday 18 May for 6-8pm and will meet fortnightly at the Lakes Centre. Thereafter the group will meet fortnightly and one weekend each month there will be a full day of organised outdoor activities.

CancerCare’s Director of Client Services Alison Dixey said: “Children are affected by emotions such as grief just as much as adults but their age means they are often less able to show how they are feeling through words.  They often express their emotions through their behaviour and interaction with others and the world around them.

“The support of their friends and peers can have an incredibly positive effect on the mental and physical well-being of a young person and this very much at the heart of our Re-Fresh Young People’s Peer Support Group,” she added.

Re-Fresh also runs a full programme of activities during the school holidays including outdoor adventures such as canoeing, swimming and den building as well as trips to the cinema, theatre and pamper days.

For more information contact CancerCare’s Youth Action Worker Lou Andrews at or call 01524 381820

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