Practical, Social and Emotional Support
Team Jak Foundation provides practical, social and emotional support to children and young people age 0-25 with cancer and related illnesses, their family, friends and those bereaved.
To access any of our support, or for more details…
Lifts to appointments & Jak’s Den
If you are struggling to get to an appointment or would like company for it, or come to Jak’s Den, we will, where at all possible, endeavour to come with you or arrange a lift (this may not always be possible but we will try our best).
Help with shopping, house cleaning, ironing & garden
We know how hard it can be to complete simple tasks when caring for your child with cancer. Our volunteers are on hand to help with any job you are finding hard to get around to. Just contact us and we will do our best to help.
Birthday & Christmas presents
All of our registered children and siblings receive a gift on their birthday and at Christmas up to the age of 25. If you are interested, and are not registered, please contact us for an online form.
Jak’s Sacks & Vouchers on diagnosis, relapse & occasions
If you are newly registered you will receive a Jak’s sack for your warrior child and Sibling Sacks for any siblings, and if your warrior sadly relapses or there are other occasions we often send hampers and gifts to cheer you all up.
Tutoring and Homework as required
Team Jak recognise how difficult it is to keep up with schoolwork when your child is ill, both for your warrior and siblings. We are fortunate to have teachers on our staff and also links with others who are willing to help support your child and their school if required.
Edinburgh Children’s Hospital
Scotmid Vouchers – given on diagnosis and invitation to register for Team Jak distributed by CLIC Social Worker.
Snacks and Drinks – available day and night from the nurses on Ward 2 (if you are on another ward ask your oncology nurse to bring some to you).
Party Buffets & Goodies – Halloween, Christmas, Easter food and goodies provided to Ward 2 and other items at the request of the ward including arts and craft materials.
Advent Calendars and Christmas Trees – Jak loved Christmas, and the year he was on the ward his room looked like Santa’s Grotto. As a result, Team Jak vowed to ensure no child misses out on Christmas because they have cancer on the ward. We provide Advent Calendars and trees with decorations and lights for every room.
Rainbow Cart – Team Jak provide a Rainbow Cart for Edinburgh Children’s Hospital to make the children’s rooms a little more homely when they are sadly going to pass in hospital. This consists of items such as themed duvets, lights, cushions, snacks and a coffee machine. It just makes this sad time a little easier and brighter for the child and family.
Other items on request.
Glasgow Children’s Hospital
Snacks and goodies – available day and night from the nurses.
Fortnightly visits from our Music Therapist, Anna
Gifts at Easter and Christmas
Jak’s Sacks – available on registration, please contact us to request them
Other items requested by the ward
Teenage Cancer Trust Unit, Western, Edinburgh
Jaks Sacks – on request
Referrals to counselling – on request
Invitations to Team Jak events
Other items requested by the ward
Aberdeen Children’s Hospital
Arranged visits to families known to Team Jak by Co-ordinators
Jak’s Sacks – on request to CLIC Social Worker
Music Therapy – on request
Other items requested by the ward
Counselling – Children and Parents
Sometimes people need a bit more support to deal with how they feel or what stage of the cancer journey they are on and Team Jak recognises the need to provide more in depth support when required.
We have a number of inspirational sessional counsellors -all fully qualified, experienced and registered, who visit the Den to support some of our parents and young people who need a wee bit more structured support to deal with their journey.
Parents can self-refer or a school or hospital can get in touch if they feel this is something we can help with.
Music is the key to so much in life and can turn a persons life around very quickly. Our fabulous music therapists are on hand to provide more specialised support again if your child needs a little more.
We offer 50 minute sessions within Jak’s Den through Anna, who also visits Glasgow Schiehallion ward regularly to provide support for our families in hospital.
Emmeline our Aberdeen Music Therapist also offers 1:1 support at home in Aberdeen and group support through TJAM monthly sessions. Emmeline can also visit your child in hospital if required.
Parents can self-refer their child to this service through our Family Coordinators.
Our child counsellor uses a variety of techniques to help our children in counselling including play therapy and sometimes sand and art therapy.
Bag of Worries Support Group
This is Team Jak’s group and 1:1 bespoke support using our Worry Monster, Worry Bag and book to help our children – warriors and siblings to express their worries within a safe environment and help them feel less anxious about the journey their family are on.
Children can then be referred on to other support including counselling and music therapy if they and we feel this is suitable as a result of this support.
Super Sib Support Group
Activities for Siblings which help them come together and have fun with other children who have siblings with cancer with a little thought for the session to help ease their journey and let them know they are not alone.
Super Hero Warrior Support Group
Activities tailored to the children within the group that they may not be able to take part in within public places for fear of infection.
Closed Facebook Group
Jak’s Denners group for parents/carers of children and young people with cancer to offer support to each other and keep in touch with activities on offer at Jak’s Den. Request to join here.
Parent Support Sessions
Sessions with Coordinators with guest speakers at parents request to help with coping strategies and practical aspects of the childhood cancer journey.
Mindfulness Sessions, Group and One-to-one
Bespoke sessions for our parents and carers on mindfulness and relaxation with our guest tutor.
Seasons for Growth
Bespoke group for children going through change and loss. Groups can be arranged within Jak’s Den or in school at a schools request.
These groups have been run in a number of local schools by our trained and accredited staff.
Palliative & Bereavement Support
Support from palliative diagnosis in the form of 1:1 emotional and family support, practical support if required.
Counselling if required on bereavement and support groups for parents and siblings.
Memory Bear voucher for family.
Rainbow Cart in hospital.
Home Outreach Support
Visit Families at Home
When a child is unable to attend a Jak’s Den one of our Coordinators and volunteers can come and visit and bring some goodies and cake and spend some time with you having fun, reading stories, singing songs and playing instruments or making craft items while Mum or Dad have a coffee and chat too.
Help With Homework
One of our staff who is a qualified teacher will come to your house and help with any schoolwork needing completed.
Phone support for anyone living too far to come to Jak’s Den activities but would like a chat with someone who understands.