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World Social Work Day

Young Lives vs Cancer Social Workers are here to help families face everything that cancer throws at them.

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At a time when they should be busy being children, enjoying their rollercoaster teenage years or finding their feet at Uni, life becomes full of fear. Fear of treatment, but also of families being torn apart, of overwhelming money worries, mental health stretched to breaking point, of having nowhere to turn, no one to talk to. They have to deal with so much more on top of the medical side. Our amazing social workers do everything they can to help children and young people face whatever cancer throws at them.

So listen, share and show your support this World Social Work Day using the hashtag #WorldSocialWorkDay

I’m Lyn, a Social Work Senior Practitioner

I am based at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton.

Spending time with the children, young people and families that we support, we get to know them and all the different areas of their lives where they may need some support. We listen to them, make them laugh, let them cry and answer their questions.

We celebrate their wins and sit with them through bad news.

We write letters of support to various different agencies such as for Disability Living Allowance, local authorities and GPs, apply for numerous financial grants for the families, speak to many different medical professionals to support our families and young adults as best we can and try to make their treatment journey a little bit brighter in any way we can.

And if the worst were to happen we support parents and families through their grief and talk to them about their child.

In a nutshell, we do what we can to keep them going.

I’m Lyn, a Social Work Senior Practitioner

I am based at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton.

Spending time with the children, young people and families that we support, we get to know them and all the different areas of their lives where they may need some support. We listen to them, make them laugh, let them cry and answer their questions.

We celebrate their wins and sit with them through bad news.

We write letters of support to various different agencies such as for Disability Living Allowance, local authorities and GPs, apply for numerous financial grants for the families, speak to many different medical professionals to support our families and young adults as best we can and try to make their treatment journey a little bit brighter in any way we can.

And if the worst were to happen we support parents and families through their grief and talk to them about their child.

In a nutshell, we do what we can to keep them going.

I’m Lara and this is my daughter Amber.

Amber was diagnosed with a brain tumour at only eight months old. She is now twelve and has been living with the tumor ever since. She is such a tough little girl, she takes no nonsense from anyone and she’s learnt so much throughout the treatment process.

Louise our Young Lives vs Cancer Social Worker was vital. In a world where there’s so much unknown, they were the constant. I would have just kept swimming but I wasn’t able to swim anymore. I was drowning.

Watch the video below to hear more about our story.

I’m Lara and this is my daughter Amber.

Amber was diagnosed with a brain tumour at only eight months old. She is now twelve and has been living with the tumor ever since. She is such a tough little girl, she takes no nonsense from anyone and she’s learnt so much throughout the treatment process.

Louise our Young Lives vs Cancer Social Worker was vital. In a world where there’s so much unknown, they were the constant. I would have just kept swimming but I wasn’t able to swim anymore. I was drowning.

Watch the video below to hear more about our story.

I’m Freya, a Young Lives vs Cancer Paediatric Oncology Social Worker.

I’m based in the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. 

As Young Lives vs Cancer Social Workers we work in partnership with our health colleagues – where the medical professionals help the child with their medical needs, our role is to support the whole family with the non-medical aspects relating to the child’s diagnosis and treatment.

Hearing that your child has cancer is devastating for families, and often brings many unexpected challenges. I’m there for parents and carers, to try and ease some of their anxieties and worries associated with their child’s illness.

I also help families with any housing issues, and I advocate for them so their employers have a better understanding and can give them the right support. And much, much more..

We also work with the children themselves, to try and help them thrive during such a challenging time. Sometimes that’s by helping them with their education and development, but we’re also there for emotional support as well as to access some lovely treats to hopefully give them a much needed boost during treatment.

I’m Freya, a Young Lives vs Cancer Paediatric Oncology Social Worker.

I’m based in the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. 

As Young Lives vs Cancer Social Workers we work in partnership with our health colleagues – where the medical professionals help the child with their medical needs, our role is to support the whole family with the non-medical aspects relating to the child’s diagnosis and treatment.

Hearing that your child has cancer is devastating for families, and often brings many unexpected challenges. I’m there for parents and carers, to try and ease some of their anxieties and worries associated with their child’s illness.

I also help families with any housing issues, and I advocate for them so their employers have a better understanding and can give them the right support. And much, much more..

We also work with the children themselves, to try and help them thrive during such a challenging time. Sometimes that’s by helping them with their education and development, but we’re also there for emotional support as well as to access some lovely treats to hopefully give them a much needed boost during treatment.

You can support our social workers

We don’t receive any funding from the government, so we fully rely on the generosity and kindness of people just like you. At Young Lives vs Cancer, we help families find the strength to face whatever cancer throws at them. We’ll face it all together – but we can’t do it without you.

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