A cancer diagnosis can be a difficult time for adults and can also have a profound effect on children and young people. At CLAN we offer a dedicated, confidential service through our team of support workers for children, young people and families. Through their work they aim to provide information, listen to the individual and allow children and young people to explore their difficult feelings in a safe and secure environment. The team are also fully trained to undertake loss and bereavement work.
Support is offered at CLAN House in our dedicated space for young people or outwith the centre. Our team regularly visit individual’s homes or schools depending on each individual’s situation. A member of the team is regularly based in Elgin and Inverurie, clients can make an appointment or are welcome to drop in to the local centres to find out more.
The benefit of group support is of great importance, especially at a young age. With this in mind we also run a children’s group and a teens' group which meet monthly and offers a wide range of activities. The groups meet more regularly during the school holidays.
For more information about our Children & Families support service please contact Tina O'Boyle on 01224 647000 or email Tina.OBoyle@clanhouse.org.
Books to assist children and young people
CLAN has published two books which aim to help young people dealing with a cancer diagnosis in their family.
Mikki has Cancer
The book aims to help the siblings of a brother or sister who has cancer. The book is not an explanation of what cancer is, but about the impact cancer can have on a young person’s life. When a child is diagnosed with cancer, the brothers and sisters will also be affected. The aim of the book is to help siblings express their feelings, and to understand that these feelings are normal. The book is aimed at children aged between four and eight years old.
CLAN would like to thank Granite City Rocks, Noble Drilling and Morag Anderson’s family and friends for their support in producing this book.
Mum has Cancer
The second of CLAN’s books deals with the impact that the diagnosis of a mother’s cancer can have on a young child’s life. The book can be used as a starting point for discussion, giving the adult a way to ask a child about their own experience of a difficult situation.
To order a copy of either books please call 01224 647000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Children can also keep up to date with what is happening in CLAN through our regular newsletter, The Hop!. Copies are available from all our centres or by calling 01224 647000.