Candlelighters In Your Community

Why was Candlelighters in Your Community introduced?

At Candlelighters, we are always looking at new ways to support our families. In 2019 Candlelighters conducted a research project with families and professionals to see how we could further expand our support services. We found that families felt increasingly isolated when they returned home from hospital or after a bereavement, and they wanted more support closer to home.

We want our families to know that Candlelighters' support is here for them for as long as they need it. So, we have launched Candlelighters in Your Community to ensure families feel well supported across Yorkshire, no matter the distance.

A team of Candlelighters community support workers are based in communities across Yorkshire providing all of our support services to families at home and in their local area.

How does Candlelighters in Your Community benefit families?

Candlelighters in Your Community aims to reduce the barriers that some families face when trying to access support and makes our services more accessible to all families across Yorkshire. Our Community Support Team work flexibly to ensure families have the support they need when they need it most.

This support can take many forms:

  • 1-1 support to assess a family's needs - this could be a phone call, email or in-person to discuss any emotional, practical or financial support.
  • Walks & talks in local areas with other families affected by childhood cancer.
  • Wellbeing Days where families can book a massage or relaxation treatment.
  • Groups and events for all family members, allowing them to meet others on a similar journey.
  • Fundraising advice
  • Introduction to other charities and organisations

These support services aim to reduce isolation, allow families to meet others affected by childhood cancer and take the services offered at The Square across Yorkshire. Whatever type of support families need, they will be sure to meet a friendly face who will do their best to help them.

How can families access community support?

Candlelighters have Community Support Workers who cover all areas of Yorkshire. To find out more about the Community Support Worker for your area, email us at community@candlelighters.org.uk.

Alternatively, families can speak to their Social Worker or Outreach Nurse, who will put them in touch with the team.

A Community Support Worker will contact a newly diagnosed family once they have received their new patient grant from Candlelighters. An email will be sent out to families with an introduction from the Community Support Worker, detailing what support they can provide and how families can access it.

Our stories

Candlelighters welcomes new Chair of Trustees
01-07-20Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Keith Hardcastle as our new Chair of Trustees! Keith started his post as Chair on 10th June 2020, replacing Stephen Redman who stepped down after six years as Chair, but will remain on the board until his formal term expires in September 2021. Keith is an existing …
Thank You Sovereign Health Care
22-06-20Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
    Recently, we were delighted to receive a grant of £3,000 from the Sovereign Health Care Community Programme towards our Candlelighters Together Tin, to fund our adapted Family Support Services during COVID-19. Sovereign Health Care has a long history of charitable giving, choosing to donate up to 10% of their annual turnover to community …
Company of the Month… Frontline Security Services and Platinum Asset Protection
09-06-20Our stories • Posted by Candlelighters Marketing
This month’s Company of the Month sees two companies under the same umbrella take the crown!   Frontline Security Services and Platinum Asset Protection are two companies owned by Wade Murtaza, who have been supporting Candlelighters for over a decade;   “The reason why I chose for my businesses to support Candlelighters is because it …
Families – it’s time to PINK up your windows!
05-06-20Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
Fancy brightening up the rainy weekend? It’s #PINKITUP month here at Candlelighters and we thought it would be a super idea to help turn Yorkshire PINK, by pinking up our windows! We’ve put some posters and ideas together that you can print off at home! Help us spread the PINK and raise awareness for Candlelighters! We’d love to …
Company of the Month… Adviser Plus
05-05-20Our stories • Posted by Candlelighters Marketing
Adviser Plus continue brilliant fundraising efforts to support Candlelighters Covid-19 Appeal!  Adviser Plus have been avid supporters of Candlelighters since 2018 and have taken on many fundraising activities including Pink It Up, the Great North Run, an Easter Hunt, selling raffle tickets and a tuck shop in the office! The impact of Covid-19 has had …
Something’s coming… 
01-05-20Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
 Something’s coming…  Behind the scenes at Candlelighters, we’ve been working on a little something to show the world how we are keeping our candle burning and supporting families during these darkest of times. Tune in on Monday 4th May at 6pm, for the exciting LIVE Premiere of our brand NEW film! ? Please help us to …
Thank You to The Susie P Foundation
23-04-20Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
Last week, we received the incredible news that Candlelighters has been generously awarded a grant of £11,400 from The Susie P Foundation. The grant will enable Candlelighters to provide three months of adapted family support services to ten families being affected by COVID-19, including 1:1 virtual talking therapies for both adults and children and weekly …
The 2.6 Challenge
22-04-20Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
We’re thrilled to be part of The 2.6 Challenge- a campaign put together by organisers of some of the biggest mass-participation events, including the London Marathon!! The premise is easy; take part in a challenge which revolves around the numbers 26 or 2.6 and fundraise or donate to Candlelighters, helping us to support our families …
Colour in Champ!
Colour In Champ 1
08-04-20Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
Stuck what to do over the Easter weekend?  Why not Colour In Champ?   We would absolutely LOVE to see your creations! Go wild! Draw Champ in the jungle, place him under a rainbow  or paint him on an Easter egg? Whatever you choose to do, make sure you send in your creations to marketing@candlelighters.org.uk and we’ll pop …
Candlelighters Big Night In!
25-03-20Our stories • Posted by Candlelighters Marketing
Can you have a #CandlelightersBigNightIn? In such unprecedented times, families across the UK are facing challenges like never before, but for families affected by childhood cancer whose lives have already been turned upside down, COVID-19 is making life more difficult than ever. The Candlelighters Big Night In is just one way to help fill our …

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