Services and Support for Families throughout Covid-19.

We’re still here for you, supporting our families throughout COVID-19

During this time we have adapted our family support services to meet the needs of our families.

Here is a list of our services explained below: 

  • Virtual Talking Therapy
  • Virtual 1:1 Young Persons Support
  • Virtual Events & Group Activities
  • Regular Check-Ins from our Family Support Team
  • Virtual Wellbeing & Relaxation
  • Virtual Peer Support Network
  • Online Arts & Craft Sessions 

Virtual Talking Therapy: We understand that being affected by childhood cancer can be a confusing & upsetting time. Our Talking Therapists Paul, Liz & Jonathan offer private and confidential talking therapies, mindfulness and coaching sessions. These sessions are currently being delivered via Skype or Zoom and can be booked whenever is an appropriate time for you.

Virtual 1:1 Young Persons Support: Whether you have a child on treatment, post treatment or a sibling, we have a trained talking therapist specifically for them. Sarah is our Talking Therapist specifically trained to work with children, to help them understand and cope with their situation. These sessions are delivered via Skype or Zoom and can be booked whenever is an appropriate time for your child.

Our Talking Therapists:

Virtual Events & Group Activities: Candlelighters is a big family and like any family we like to get together, so we organise a number of events for all the family. We’re currently offering these events virtually via Zoom. Here’s list of upcoming events for patients, siblings, mums, dads and grandparents! https://www.candlelighters.org.uk/the-family-support-team-launch-their-virtual-summer-events/

Regular Check-Ins from our Family Support Team: We offer regular check ins for families. You can let us know if you’d like to have chat over the phone to one of our team. This can be as regularly as you wish, every day, every other day, once a week or once a month.

Virtual Wellbeing & Relaxation: Fancy some time all about you? Our trained Wellbeing Therapists can deliver 1:1 virtual relaxation sessions, designed to relax your mind and body. They provide a chance to have some time out, learn relaxation and self-massage techniques to help you de-stress at this time.

We also have a Movement for Positivty and Yoga Session. This is a virtual group session held on Wednesday evenings – 19:30 – 20:30.

Meet our Therapist, Charlotte:

Here you can watch a video of Charlotte explaining the sessions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnR8upY01cY

Virtual Peer Support Network: Family Network Groups connect family members and past patients who’ve been affected by childhood cancer from across Yorkshire. Whether sharing stories, coping strategies or simply having some time out, Family Network Groups are a great opportunity to connect with others who ‘Get it’. We are still holding these groups virtually. Event dates can be found here: https://www.candlelighters.org.uk/howcandlelighterscanhelp/the-square/were-still-here-for-you-supporting-our-families-throughout-covid-19/

Online Arts & Craft Sessions: Vicky and Emma from our team are hosting virtual 1:1 Craft Sessions for patients and patients and siblings. These can booked throughout the week. We now have a special weekly event, designed especially for families on the ward. Every Wednesday 10:00 -11:30 we’re hosting virtual group craft sessions for families staying at Leeds Children’s Hospital! 

Please do get in touch with us to find out ways in which we can support you and your family at this time. 0113 887 8333 | thesquare@candlelighters.org.uk

We’re posting lots of information on our Facebook Page, where you can find out how to sign up to our virtual events and services: https://www.facebook.com/candlelightersthesquare/

Please get in touch, we are still here to support you and your family.