CanTeen Ireland is a nation-wide support group for young people who have or have had cancer, and for their brothers, sisters and friends. CanTeen Ireland was set up in 1990 by a group of dedicated health professionals. We are associated with the Irish Cancer Society, and can be contacted through our address which can be found later on, by the Irish Cancer Society, or through the social worker in the hospitals.
So what do we actually do?
One of the biggest things we do is Weekends Away. We have 5/ 6 weekends away and go t o activity centres throughout Ireland including Tanagh OEC, Share Holiday Village We have also been to Alton Towers, Barretstown Gang camp, Carlingford Adventure Centre to name but a few. . We have also been to Scotland, and even as far way as Australia, and New Zealand. As a group we meet up 6 to 8 times a year. At these meetings we have a chance to talk, share stories and have a bit of fun.
We then have lunch....PIZZA, PIZZA, and more PIZZA! And then in the afternoon we go on an activity, such as bowling, quasar, painting ceramics etc. To keep you (the member) up to date, we have set up a newsletter that is written by you the members. The Steering Committee is the group that runs CanTeen. It has a majority of teenage members, so it will be you the member who will be making the decisions on what activities etc. which you want to do.