Support is offered to all family members, including siblings and grandparents, and close family friends. Experiencing childhood cancer can leave many families facing a number of uncertainties and emotions.

Adapting to your new ‘normal’ post-treatment can be scary, lonely, difficult and overwhelming. Peer support, distraction activities and a listening ear can be vital during these times.

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Some of our support sessions include:

Saturday Sessions – our monthly sessions in Cheshire take place on the last Saturday of the month. This is an opportunity for families to come together to catch up over a coffee and chat with the team, whilst the children take part in a variety of activities such as art and craft, yoga, dance, science and sports. We also run a Saturday Session in North Wales on the second Saturday of the month. Families are welcome to attend either or both, regardless of their location.

To join us for a Saturday Session or for more information please contact the Family Support Team on 01606 530486 or fill in the form below. Our March session will be with Circusology, and we've booked Nick Barnes Magician for our Christmas party on 30th November.

'Coffee and Conversation' - our family support workers often meet with individual members of the family to provide a listening ear over a coffee, at a time and location to suit them. This can happen at the Centre, Alder Hey or a place of the family’s choice. For the families in North Wales area, our Family Support Worker provides a drop-in session on a Thursday morning at The Press Room in Conwy.

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Alder Hey – our family support workers regularly attend the After-Care Clinic on a Monday morning to be on hand to meet with families there for appointments and also that are in for treatment. They provide a listening ear, meet with new families and can provide art and craft activities for the children.

Family activities during the holidays – we like to offer sessions during the school holidays and half term breaks to provide some fun, peer support and respite for parents!

'Time Out' activities and events – we also provide regular activities and events just for the grown-ups in the family as we know how important it is to have some time out and adult conversation. These include pottery evenings; jewellery making and pamper sessions.

We also offer support, advice and a listening ear via email, text and phone calls...whatever suits the family best.

Our Family Support Team is here to answer any questions you may have and acts a listening ear anytime you need us. The telephone number is 01606 530 486 or email familysupport@thejoshuatree.org.uk

"I hope that The Joshua Tree can manage to continue this excellent service. There is such a chasm between being off treatment and being well in the true sense of the words. The after times were harder than when my son was on treatment – and that’s saying something!"
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