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.

'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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