Registered Charity Number: SCO45586
01506 412302 info@teamjak.org.uk

Providing practical, social and emotional support to

children and young people with cancer and

related illnesses, their families, friends and those bereaved.

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Our Aims

Vision

Where no child, young person or their family should face cancer, related illness or bereavement alone and will get the support they need during their journey and beyond.

Mission

Team Jak provides practical and emotional support to children and young people with cancer and related illnesses, their family and friends and those bereaved.

Purpose

The purpose of Team Jak is to ease the fear, confusion and loneliness of a cancer diagnosis or bereavement and ensure no-one feels isolated or alone, by providing practical, social and emotional support to children and young people with cancer and related illnesses age 0-25, their families, friends and those bereaved- of a child from cancer or children bereaved of someone from cancer.

Inspired by inspirational teenager Jak Trueman, whose life was sadly cut short following a short and aggressive battle with a rare form of blood cancer, Jak wanted no other child or family to face the isolation and fear tackled daily following diagnosis and during treatment, and set out clear aims on how to provide support for young people, their families and friends, with special mention of siblings.

Team Jak is now committed to securing a larger Den and a number of ‘Satellite Dens’ where putting smiles on faces and creating magical moments are at the fore and where children and families can share together and accept practical social and emotional support through various counselling and alternative therapies, support groups and fun activities along with plans for a Neutropenic café in some form.

Team Jak will also provide outreach support to the relevant hospitals and wards/units associated with our warrior and angel families, and any young person at home unable to access the Den.

An online forum will also be created to ensure no family is left out due to geography or inability to get to a Den.

We will also work closely with other renowned agencies and charities to ensure the very best opportunities are created for our young people including Teenage Cancer Trust, CLIC, Maggies, CHAS and CBUK.

Strapline

“Creating smiles, easing the journey”

Our Aims

  • Give hope to all children and young people who have been diagnosed with cancer or a related illness at whatever stage of their journey they are at including warrior (newly diagnosed, those on treatment or in remission) and angel families (those who have died)
  • Provide families with the help they need to care for the young person and themselves with specific importance placed on meeting the needs of siblings
  • Create the space and opportunities for the young person to have the ‘moments’ they want
  • Provide emotional support through counselling, play, music, drama and alternative therapies
  • Offer individual support services to the young person
  • Ensure young people’s stay in hospital is as comfortable as possible
  • Provide practical support to hospitals and families at home
  • Provide support to schools going through a child’s journey
  • Raise awareness in Schools for the support required for young people going through a lime limiting or threatening illness and anticipatory grief
  • Help prepare for and support through anticipation of, during and after bereavement
  • Support bereaved families and friends and children who are bereaved and need support
  • Raise awareness of the need for research and funding in particular for Blood Cancers in Scotland
  • Raise awareness for the need for blood platelet and bone marrows donors
  • Further the charitable purposes of other recognised/ registered charitable organisations by acting as a resource through the provision of facilities and services

Counselling Rooms

Counselling rooms for social and emotional support


Support Groups

Where siblings, and parents can meet with others in the same position


Neutropenic café

A Neutropenic café – an innovative health initiative for cancer patients and those with a low immune system


Music and Alternative Therapies

Where young people can express their feelings through music/drama and play


Games and Activity Area

Where young people can relax and play in a safe and sterile environment with their friends and family


Support for Bereaved Families

Support for bereaved families by providing a special memory gift and invitation to our Den and support groups

WE NEED YOUR HELP

JAK’S DEN IS ESTIMATED TO COST £180,000 SO WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. PLEASE SEE FUNDRAISING AND EVENTS TO SEE HOW YOU CAN HELP

Visit our fundraising page and find out how you can help TeamJak reach our goals.

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