Our priority is to always to support families affected by childhood cancers in the best way we possibly can through this difficult time.

We are ready to welcome you into the new Support Centre where all local and Government guidelines are adhered to. Please call us to arrange a time to visit so we can make sure there aren’t too many people in the centre at the same time.

If you don't feel ready to visit the centre, we are still available on the phone, email or via Zoom.

How are we ensuring our centre is safe for visitors?

We’ve taken measures to ensure that the centre fits in line with Government guidelines, to keep our visitors and staff as safe as possible.

We can reassure you we have the highest standard of hygiene and the centres are frequently sanitised and cleaned.

we will ask to take your temperature on arrival, we hope you understand.

If you come to see us, please:

  • Let us know when you are thinking of visiting - this is so our centre doesn't get too busy and we have the relevant staff/volunteers on hand to welcome you
  • Wash your hands – when you arrive and when you leave
  • Use hand sanitiser – available throughout the centre
  • Wear a face covering – visit the gov.uk website for more information
  • Don’t get too close – we ask everyone to keep a two-metre distance.

NHS Track and Trace – will I need to give my personal details if I visit a centre?

We will ask for you to provide your personal details when you visit the centre.  This is so the right people can be contacted if there is a confirmed diagnosis of coronavirus.

You can find more information about how we will collect your data and how and when it will be used in our privacy notice.

When will fundraising events begin to take place?

Unfortunately the majority all fundraising events had been cancelled, and now we hope these will start to take place again as restrictions are lifted.  To find out more about future events please visit the events page to find out more.

Please note your support is needed now more than ever and it’s vital that we keep fundraising going during this time.

There are lots of ways you can continue supporting us at this time including making a one-off donation, setting up regular giving or taking on a personal fundraising challenge.

We have also done some research into useful information for parents and carers, along with activities and educational resources for children and young people during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

Support Groups and Online Resources

Alder Hey Children's Hospital - Oncology Department
Alder Hey Children's Hospital website provides vital contact information and Coronavirus information for families: www.alderhey.nhs.uk

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group
Covoid-19 guidance for children and young  people with cancer undergoing treatment: www.cclg.org.uk

Clic Sargent
Advice for families affected by childhood cancer: www.ClicSargent.org.uk

Carers Trust
Services to support anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems: www.carers.org

Mind
Offers practical advice for staying home and help well-being: www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing

Citizens Advice Bureau
Regular updates as government advice becomes available: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/health/coronavirus-what-it-means-for-you/

Ellen McArthur Trust
Offering a virtual summer programme https://www.ellenmacarthurcancertrust.org/whats-on

Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook
Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook - A tool to help build resilience during difficult times

Kind to Your Mind
A range of useful resources to help you if you are looking for tips, advice, apps or even online courses to help with your mental wellbeing – there is something here for you! https://www.kindtoyourmind.org/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialSignIn

Online Learning Resources

Twinkl
Twinkl is a teacher-created online curriculum resource for Primary and Secondary learning offering a dedicated area for parents and a 30 day free access: www.twinkl.co.uk

Oxford Owl
A free-e-book library for Maths and English with handy activity sheets to download and keep the children entertained: www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home

Pobble 365
Starting with a weird, wonderful and thought-provoking image, you and your child will be inspired to write creatively improving handwriting, literacy, art and story telling. There are 365 images to choose from leaving no chance for boredom: www.pobble365.com

Language Angels
Language Angels are an award-winning language teaching resources are designed so every primary school child - irrespective of their linguistic ability - can learn a foreign language of their choice: www.languageangels.com

Matt Phillips
A London based professional cartoonist has created a unique Josh the Giraffe and friend design for our families to download and colour in. Matt creates images for books, magazines and websites and works with all types of businesses large and small from around the world. Take a look at Matt's gallery at www.mycartoons.co.uk.

Future Learn
If you are continuing to isolate and want to develop as a professional or discover a new hobby, check out Future Learn with a variety of online programs and degrees available. www.futurelearn.com 

Well-being Resources

iPad Loan Scheme
The iPad loan scheme is available to all families affected by childhood cancers. We want to help keep you connected to our online support services and help with education, social interaction and well-being.
To apply for an ipad please complete the online application form.

Five Ways to Wellbeing with the Arts
Joshua Tree Art Psychotherapist, Carol Arnold shares creative ideas and activities for families. Both available in English and Welsh (thanks to Gwawr Wyn Roberts from Community Arts Gwynedd Council):

Five Ways to Wellbeing and the Arts (English)
Five Ways to Wellbeing and the Arts (Welsh)

Nutritional recipes
Mike Lynn, Joshua Tree Nutritionalist, has provided recipes to create for the family and help instil healthy eating habits during lockdown: www.joshuatree.org.uk/nutrition

Mike's Mood and Food map will help understand the affects certain food can have on a child's mood

“After treatment I felt like we were ok, that we could just forget about what had happened and move on with our life. It hit me like a ton of bricks one day, what we’d actually been through. It’s been so helpful to chat to others that understand that after treatment doesn’t mean it all just goes away. We don’t sit around feeling sorry for ourselves but we can now accept that it was really hard at times.”

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