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 – Vicky, Chloe and Debbie, 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 four Community Support Workers who cover all areas of Yorkshire.
Vicky is the team leader and works with the team to support all families.
Chloe supports families living in the HG, YO and BD postcodes.
Debbie supports families living in the DN and HU postcodes.
Lucy supports families living in the LS, WF, HD and HX postcodes.
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.