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1 Sep 2020

We're giving teens a voice

We're excited to introduce a brand new initiative here at Teens Unite, our teens committee. Noone understands the needs of a young person fighting cancer more than our beneficiaries, which is why we've given them a voice.

The Committeens members are all young people who have beneffitted from our support during their fight with cancer. They are all at different stages in their journey and will collaborate with the team here to shape the future of Teens Unite. With over 1,000 beneficiaries registered with us, we want to ensure we are supporting them in the best way possible.

Sitting on the committee is Ciara, Hiral, Yassine, James S, Crystal, James C, Mikhaila, Harry and Sarah. Their role as Committeens members is to review the impact of the services we are providing, identify new opportunities to improve the service available, evaluate the long-term plans of the charity and champion the work of Teens Unite.

Roxanne Lawrance, Teens Unite's CEO has said: "Introducing the Committeens is a really exciting step for Teens Unite and it's great to be able to work so closely with some of the young people we support. This is an opportunity for personal growth for those on board, while making a direct, positive impact on the lives of others their age in a similar situation."

One of the young people on the committee is James who was diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 19. He says life would be very different without our support:"Teens Unite have changed my life; I cannot thank them enough. I can honestly say I would not be in the position I am now without the support the charity has given me. I finally feel that I have my life back on track. Meeting other young people who have been through similar experiences and offering each other support was what I needed."

As a result of cancer treatment, 80% of young people will suffer from depression and anxiety, 95% will experience a negative impact on their physical ability and 74% are worried about their future employment. We support young people to overcome these lasting effects, and with the help of the Committeens members, show them what they can do, not what they can’t do.

You can find out more about the Committeens members and read their stories here.

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