We want to help young people increase their confidence to help effectively manage their lives after cancer and its treatment. Not only this but also give young people an opportunity to engage with others in a similar situation to help build peer and social support networks which can be so useful. Lastly, the programme also aims to empower young people with the information and practical advice they need to be able to face any issues that may come their way.
Such an enjoyable and interesting couple of days, I learned so much and felt so comfortable opening up to strangers was a great feeling! Well worth it!
The exact programme is developed and determined on a region by region basis, dependent on the needs of the young people, the existing clinical services in the area, and the available resources.
Expert speakers experienced in working with and effectively engaging young people, provide important information and encourage participation in discussions, meaning we can hopefully help to smooth the transition into long term follow-up care.
I laughed so much with strangers who I feel like I've known my whole life.
The event can cover a range of important and relevant themes, including but not limited to:
- Late effects
- Education and employment
- Finance and insurance
- Body image
- Sexual health
- Fear of recurrence
- Fatigue management/exercise.
- Goal setting
Upcoming Way Forward events:
North East and Cumbria, 28 February - 1 March, Lumley Castle, Durham
East Anglia, 6-8 March, Cromer
South West, 17-19 March, Cornwall
North West, 25-26 April, Manchester
Midlands, 9-10 May, Birmingham
Scotland, 6-7 June, Edinburgh
Our Way Forward events are generously funded by The Queen’s Trust. Find out more about our partnership.