It's Youth Work Week from 6-12 November, and we're celebrating all the wonderful youth work that happens across CLIC Sargent, from our Social Workers and Community Workers to our young people's Participation Lead.
Youth Work Week is co-ordinated by the National Youth Agency and provides an opportunity for youth organisations, youth workers and young people to celebrate their achievements and the impact of their work.
Young People’s Social Worker
"My name is Pia and I am Young People’s Social Worker. I have been with CLIC Sargent for almost a year and I love my job. I cover Bart’s Hospital, all the hospitals in the Imperial Group (Charing Cross, Hammersmith etc) and also UCLH.
"I provide emotional support to patients, their families and friends and support them to cope with their diagnosis, as well as a wide variety of practical needs.
"I also run a young people's group once a month at The Maggie’s Centre in West London. We have lots of fun here, most recently we carved pumpkins for Halloween and we have a huge Christmas dinner coming up!
"The best part about my job is knowing that even a phone call or simple text message can mean so much to the young people that I support."
Young People’s Community Worker
"My name is Lara and I work for CLIC Sargent as a Young People’s Community Worker supporting young people with cancer aged 16-24.
"I am based at The Royal Marsden in Sutton but I also travel out to young people at other hospitals and in their local communities.
"My job is to stop cancer damaging even more than their health, helping with financial and practical concerns, as well as supporting young people with emotional support, information and advice.
"It’s important that I can help young people in the way and place that works best for them. It’s particularly satisfying to support young people in their return to education or employment and to see them reaching their potential after a difficult time.
"Like Tamara, in this picture, who I was thrilled to help get back into employment after treatment. Thanks so much to the Masonic Charitable Foundation for sponsoring my role over the last two years."
Young People’s Digital Community Worker
"I’m Luci, and I’m a Young People’s Digital Community Worker. I’ve been in post for around four months, so I’m still fairly new to CLIC Sargent.
"I have an interest and enthusiasm for digital and a passion for youth work, so I’m enjoying being a part of our new and unique approach to engaging young people digitally!
"My job is to support young people through our Online Community for young people, aged 16 – 25 with experience of cancer. It’s a way we can help young people to get support, ask questions and share experiences with each other.
"At the moment I’m really excited about our opportunity for young people to be at the heart of developing the Community with our ‘Community Champions’ role and it’ll be great to work more closely with our fab community members.
“Thank you so much to the Bupa UK Foundation for supporting the development of CLIC Sargent’s Online Community."
Participation Lead for Young People
"My name is Bex and I am the Participation Lead for Young People. I am part of a team at CLIC Sargent that works directly with children, young people and parents to engage them in the work of the charity and to ensure their voices are heard in wider advocacy processes.
"This includes running regular groups such as the Young People’s Reference Group (YPRG), the Children’s Advisory Group, the Parents Advisory Group as well as facilitating digital participation through Facebook groups.
"By being part of this group it builds resilience and gives young people confidence and life skills. They are able to connect with others who have been diagnosed with cancer, and talk about their experiences which helps to reduce isolation and have a voice and influence in the services they receive.
"The best bit about my role is watching young people support one another and build lifelong friendships. They are incredibly powerful advocates for themselves and others, in order to better future outcomes for young people with cancer."
Find out more
To find out more about how CLIC Sargent supports young cancer patients visit our Information for young people section.