Wednesday 3rd April 2013
Hope Support Services offers support to young people aged 11-25 when a close family member is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.
A cancer diagnosis affects the whole family, including younger family members who struggle to cope with someone close to them being very ill. The support they need is unique.
Hope Support Services aims to improve quality of life for the young person and their family from diagnosis onwards. This can be through one-to-one, online or group activity sessions, workshops and monthly trips. Young people get the chance to meet others in the same situation, share experiences and chat with Hope’s professional team. Hope also offers training for frontline health professionals.
Macmillan is funding two youth development officers for the next three years to help Hope expand its face-to-face service across Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. It is also growing its online service.
Sue Trevethan, Hope’s founder and Chief Executive, says, ‘We’re delighted that Macmillan has invested in Hope, and look forward to working with our young people to expand and develop our services. Our charity is one “of young people, for young people”. Our Youth Management Teams are made up of young people who have all experienced a family health crisis. They are very excited to be at the heart of the development of services for their peers, filling a gap in government-funded services.’
Watch this video about Hope Support Services.
You can refer families to Hope by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01989 566317. Families can also contact Hope directly. Find out more at the Hope website.