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

Boxing legend Amir Khan in Candlelighters’ corner
27-07-16Our stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
The team at Candlelighters were delighted to receive a video message from boxing legend Amir Khan this week!   Holding up a Candlelighters running vest, Amir encouraged more people to get involved with our ‘amazing’ charity. The two-time former world champion, who hails from Bolton, won a silver medal at the Athens Olympics in 2004 …
Lady Ingilby visits Candlelighters
30-06-16Our stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
We were honoured this week to welcome our Patron, Lady Emma Ingilby, to Candlelighters. Lady Ingilby met patients, parents, play leaders, nursing staff and doctors on her tour of the hospital. She was able to talk to families about their experiences and the difference that Candlelighters makes for them. On arrival at the Children’s Oncology Clinic, …
Last chance to nominate your children’s cancer heroes
29-06-16Our stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
This September Candlelighters is holding its very first Awards ceremony recognising the people of Yorkshire in their support of Candlelighters. The Awards, in association with Vista, are in the last week of welcoming award nominations as the panel will begin deliberations from Monday 4th July. The event, taking place on September 9th is already well …
Tangle Teezer Supports Hair@TheSquare Project
24-06-16Our stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
This month saw the company Tangle Teezer make an incredible donation of 150 Tangle Teezers to Candlelighters, to help support childhood cancer patients in Yorkshire. Explaining how this donation will help patients moving forward, Candlelighters Project Support Worker Vicky says: “As part of our ongoing support we are always looking for new ways in which …
La Vie En Rose Ball a Huge Success
16-06-16Our stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
THe Ilkley Candlelighters’ May Ball was a tremendous success and raised over £36,000 to help children and teenagers and their families, throughout Yorkshire. Chairman of Ilkley Candlelighters, Alison Clay, said, “We would like to thank everyone most sincerely for your support and contribution. Without the generosity of our sponsors, advertisers, prize donors and those who …
Riproaring Ripley Record!
15-06-16Our stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
Harrogate Candlelighters stand at The Ripley Castle Summer Fair was a great success, raising a staggering £3,659 and smashing the previous record of £2,100. The sun shone and brought a great atmosphere to the bustling event, and everyone who visited the Candlelighters stand was extremely generous and supportive, and keen to help raise money for local …

Your stories

Half stormtrooper, half bride: Daniel puts a spin on race attire!
29-07-16Your stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
Half stormtrooper, half bride: Daniel White puts a spin on race attire!   For out-there fundraising ideas, Daniel White is the man to look to. The twenty-five year old, who hails from Wakefield, has spent the last year running various sponsored races… dressed as a Star Wars stormtrooper! So far this year, he has completed …
Viking Longship to ‘sail’ through York for Candlelighters!
28-07-16Your stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
On Sunday 28th August 2016 fifty teams from across the country will be racing their home-made soapbox carts down the steep cobbles street of Micklegate.  Sponsored by café Your Bike Shed, Friends of Scarcroft School have constructed their own unique cart, all in support of Candlelighters! Looking to the pupils of Scarcroft Primary School for inspiration, a …
Direct Workforce take their fundraising for Candlelighters to new levels
27-07-16Your stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
  Direct Workforce take their fundraising for Candlelighters to new levels with a September Skydive! Northern recruitment company, Direct Workforce, have signed up for challenge after challenge this year to raise money for Candlelighters, their Charity of the Year. We met up with the team at their office near Hunslet earlier this week to chat …
Fundraising with a difference: the story of Allen Hart and Tim Beard, as told by Sharon Morrison
20-07-16Your stories • Posted by Elli Pugh
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