A cancer diagnosis affects the whole family


A cancer diagnosis can have a profound effect on young children. Parents can struggle to explain what cancer means to their child, and the child sensing something is wrong, can become anxious and distressed. With active imaginations, children can imagine the worst. 

Thanks to vital funding from Children in Need, Maggie’s has developed a unique series of Kids, Teen and Family Days to offer essential support through the most difficult of times.

 

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Thomas and Emilia's story on BBC Children in Need

Thomas and Emilia were featured on BBC Children in Need in November 2016. Their film shows how important the support we provide for families is when a parent is facing a terminal cancer diagnosis. 

 


How we support children and young people

 

Our Kids and Teen Days are for children and teenagers with a parent, family member or carer who has cancer.

We aim to help young people understand a bit more about cancer and to provide an opportunity to explore and make sense of the feelings they may have as they live with cancer in their family.

The day begins with a visit the hospital to see how a CT scan works, how radiotherapy and chemotherapy is given, and a chance to meet the healthcare team.

An art and craft session gives young people the chance to explore feelings and thoughts about the day’s events, and about what’s going on within their families.

It all helps them to understand what might be going on during their parent’s treatment and makes the hospital seem much less scary.

  

Kids, Teen and Family days in 2017


If you are interested in attending any of the days below, please contact the relevant Centre for more information or to reserve your place. 

Maggie's Aberdeen, 28 January, 13 May, 12 August, 11 November – e-mail us
Maggie's Dundee, 28 January, 25 March, 20 May, 26 August – e-mail us
Maggie's Edinburgh, 25 February, 20 May, 30 September, 18 November – e-mail us
Maggie's Glasgow, 4 February, 13 May, 15 September, 24 November – e-mail us
Maggie's Fife, 4 February, 1 April, 1 July – e-mail us
Maggie's Nottingham, 4 March, 3 June, 9 September – e-mail us
Maggie's Wallace (Cambridge), 11 February, May, August, November – e-mail us
Maggie's Manchester, 25 February, May, September, November – e-mail us
Maggie's Merseyside, 11 February, May, September, November – e-mail us
Maggie's West London, Febrary, April, June – e-mail us

If your local Centre is not listed, please get in touch to ask them about the support they offer to families. Find your nearest Centre.

 

 

Find a Maggie's

Find a Maggie's

Warm, welcoming and full of light and open space, our unique Centres are designed to be calming spaces that offer the professional support people need.

Find your nearest Centre

Find a Maggie's

Warm, welcoming and full of light and open space, our unique Centres are designed to be calming spaces that offer the professional support people need.

Find your nearest Centre
Find a Maggie's

 

 

Get support online

Get support online

Speak to professional staff and connect with others in similar circumstances on our Online Centre. It's open 24/7.

Visit the Online Centre

Get support online

Speak to professional staff and connect with others in similar circumstances on our Online Centre. It's open 24/7.

Visit the Online Centre
Get support online

 

 

Connecting kids

Connecting kids

riprap is a website developed especially for teenagers who have a parent with cancer. They can contact our support specialists as well as share experiences with others.

Visit riprap

Connecting kids

riprap is a website developed especially for teenagers who have a parent with cancer. They can contact our support specialists as well as share experiences with others.

Visit riprap
Connecting kids

 

 

Ways to support us

Ways to support us

From taking on an active challenge or organising your own fundraising activity to volunteering your time, there are lots of ways to get involved and support Maggie's.

How you can help

Ways to support us

From taking on an active challenge or organising your own fundraising activity to volunteering your time, there are lots of ways to get involved and support Maggie's.

How you can help
Ways to support us

Contact us

Our Supporter Care team are on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Call us on 0300 123 1801 or email enquiries@maggiescentres.org


For any press enquires, please contact Sam Booth by calling 07825 056 394.