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Education and career support



1800 REDKITE (1800 733 548)

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support@redkite.org.au

 

Cancer treatment can mean months or years of disruption to education, training or work. We provide financial assistance and a professional consultancy service to help children, teenagers and young adults build their best possible futures.

Education and career grants

 

Redkite provides grants to help young people aged up to 24 achieve their work and study goals. The grants can be used towards:

  • Tutoring or coaching
  • Courses
  • Classroom support
  • Materials and equipment such as books, laptops, hard hats
  • The pursuit of an interest area such as music, art or dance
  • Developmental therapy which isn’t available through your hospital

You can access our education and career grant program for up to two years after the end of treatment. Siblings whose education is disrupted because of their brother or sister’s cancer may also be able to receive assistance.

 

Our support team have an extensive knowledge of financial assistance channels across Australia. They’re happy to help connect you with other avenues of support for education and career expenses.

 

To find out how we can help you, please get in touch on 1800 REDKITE (1800 733 548) or email support@redkite.org.au

Education and career support consultants

Redkite’s education and career support (ECS) consultants offer personalised assistance for 15-24 year olds who’ve had cancer at any stage and would like help getting back on track with work, study or training.

 

For a variety of complex reasons, young people who have or have had cancer can often feel disconnected from education, vocational training or their jobs. It may be that the physical impact of the disease or its treatment means a desired career is no longer practical. Perhaps returning to school would mean making a whole new set of friends because earlier peers have moved on. For some, serious illness can prompt a reassessment of personal values and purpose.

 

A Redkite ECS consultant is a bit like a mentor, but with an understanding of the specific obstacles that cancer can bring. Working in partnership with the young people they support, they can help identify short and long term goals then assist in developing a realistic plan to make it happen.

 

With their in-depth knowledge of career and education resources, the consultant will provide a clear picture of available opportunities. Plus they’ll share practical tips and techniques to help connect with school, tertiary education, training or work, including financial assistance for tutoring and equipment, and other education or career needs. With the consultant’s help, young people will be able to develop a plan for the future that’s right for them.

 

In many areas, meetings can take place face to face. Otherwise consultants and young people can connect via phone, email, text or video conference.

 

We recognise that for many people who have had cancer, side effects of the disease or its treatment can sometimes occur many years after remission. These "late effects" can have a significant impact on work and education activities. ECS consultants are available for 15-24 year olds who’ve been diagnosed at any stage in their life.

 

To get connected with an education and career support consultant in your area, or to find out more, contact us on 1800 REDKITE (1800 733 548) or support@redkite.org.au.