The charity was named the winner of the Healthcare and Medical Research category at the Charity Awards 2014, held on Thursday June 12 at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.
CLIC Sargent was recognised for its young people’s community workers, a role introduced to provide practical and emotional support in the community for young people aged 16-24 with cancer.
The charity piloted the new role from 2011-2013 in five locations across the UK following research which found young people with cancer do not have enough support to deal with issues such as interruption to education and employment, financial hardship and social isolation.
During the two year pilot the young people’s community workers were able to support 220 young people. An evaluation carried out last year found 90 per cent of young people supported said their young person’s community worker was their “go-to person” to discuss feelings, challenges and issues. Three-quarters said their community worker had made a significant difference in their confidence to manage their life and maintain their friendships and social life.
The charity is now looking to roll out the programme across the UK, and raise the funds needed to do this.
Lorraine Clifton, CLIC Sargent Chief Executive, said: “We are thrilled to have won this prestigious Charity Award. At CLIC Sargent we are dedicated to increasing the support we provide to young people with cancer.
“This award confirms that young people’s community workers are a crucial part of providing the vital support needed by young people facing cancer.”
CLIC Sargent Director of Services Dara de Burca said: “This award acknowledges the difficult journey that each and every young person living with cancer makes and the incredible difference emotional and practical support makes.
“Huge congratulations must go to every member of staff that has been involved in our young people’s programme. It is their hard work, dedication and commitment to young people with cancer that makes winning an award like this possible.
“We at CLIC Sargent will be relentless in doing all we can to reach young people with cancer and provide them with the support they deserve.”