Families Together

Caring & supporting families during cancer treatment

When a parent or carer is diagnosed with cancer or another life-threatening illness it can be a very challenging time for all members of the family.

We are a small team which aims to provide flexible support to parents and carers who have children. Perhaps all you need is an opportunity to talk about things, or information about what resources are available. In some situations it may be that more practical, hands-on support is required. We work alongside families in a way that helps them to build and maintain their resilience.

Our purpose-designed Therapy Room offers a safe, friendly place for family discussions, especially for children who may be struggling to deal with the situation.

Our service is free of charge, open to all, and offered for up to 12 weeks. Referrals can come from any source, including self-referrals.

Services we provide:

  • Befriending and listening, facilitating parents or carers’ difficult conversations with their children.
  • Enabling children to understand the implications of treatment.
  • Help with childcare, including play sessions in your home while you rest.
  • Assisting younger family members with respite and recreational activities.
  • Advice and assistance with finances and welfare rights information.
  • Advice about other agencies that may be able to provide help or support.
  • Liaising with school and nursery staff.
  • Supporting children one-to-one within their school or nursery setting.

How to get started

All clients will be asked to sign a consent form before receiving our services.

If you would like more information or to access this service, please contact us:
Email: administrator@hchfh.org.uk
Tel: 01482 447673 (option 2) (Monday-Friday between 9am and 4pm)

Macmillan Cancer Support have awarded us a grant for 2021-22 to undertake a pilot project supporting the families of people with cancer in the East Riding. The project involves operating a helpline, offering details of organisations which might be able to provide support and sending out information packs. This pilot finished in August 2022 we hope to seek funds to continue this service in the future.