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When treatment ends…

Parents often tell us that when their child finishes treatment, they have a mix of emotions. They are relieved, but stress, fear, and anxiety can also remain. So much happens during a child’s cancer treatment – both good and bad – and it’s likely parent’s haven’t had a chance to think about how the experience has affected their lives and mental health. It’s likely that a lot has changed, and it may be difficult to adjust back to ‘normal’ life.

How can Cascade help?

The Cascade program teaches parents, guardians, and carers useful skills to manage their cancer-related concerns early in their child’s survivorship period and how to live ‘life after cancer’.

The program gives parents the opportunity to reflect on their cancer experience, identifying how it may have affected their thinking, day-to-day habits or their family members, re-evaluating their priorities, and assessing their needs and desires so that they can communicate them to the people around them. 

Parents/Guardians/Carers will learn:

  • Different strategies for managing their worries
  • How to build resilience
  • To rediscover their strengths
  • How to regain a sense of ‘normal’
  • How to plan for the future

It will also be an opportunity to meet a small, supportive group of parents who are at a similar stage of their cancer experience.

Who is Cascade for?

Cascade is for parents, guardians, or carers of young cancer survivors (aged 18 years or younger) who have completed curative cancer treatment in the last 12 months.

What will I gain from the program?

This program aims to help you enjoy the good in life, helping you to move forward with optimism,  whilst acknowledging the challenges you may have experienced during and after your cancer experience.

Program Outline and Dates

The program includes five, 90-minute weekly sessions, with an additional ‘booster’ session six weeks after the fifth group session. The program will be facilitated by two Redkite social workers, Sam and Mikaela and will include up to 5 family participants.

Please note: The program beginning 18 March has closed. Please register your interest below to be notified when new dates are confirmed.

Session No. Date Time Description
1 Fri 18 March 11:30am – 1pm (AEST) Module 1: Introduction to Cascade and Group introductions
2 Fri 25 March 11:30am – 1pm (AEST) Module 2: What just happened to us??
3 Fri 1 April 11:30am – 1pm (AEST) Module 3: How has cancer changed the way I think?
Break for the school holidays
4 Fri 22 April 11:30am – 1pm (AEST) Module 4: Out of your head and back into life
5 Fri 29 April 11:30am – 1pm (AEST) Module 5: Looking forward
Six-week gap for ‘Booster Session’
6 Fri 10 June 11:30am – 1pm (AEST) Booster session

Register your interest to be notified of our next Cascade Program

Register interest

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Connect Groups
Event
8th Apr
Express your interest

Connect Group: My child has finished treatment

Our connect groups let you connect over video with people in a similar situation. These informal groups are a space where you can share your experience with people who’ve been there too, as well as talk about challenges and share things you’ve found helpful.

Connect Group: My child has finished treatment

Our connect groups let you connect over video with people in a similar situation. These informal groups are a space where you can share your experience with people who’ve been there too, as well as talk about challenges and share things you’ve found helpful.

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Connect Groups
Event
27th Aug
Fortnightly (Tuesdays)

Online Coffee Catch Ups for families of children with cancer

Regular virtual coffee groups for families of children with cancer

Online Coffee Catch Ups for families of children with cancer

Regular virtual coffee groups for families of children with cancer

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What's On
Event
23rd Jun
22 June 2022

Connect Group for Dads

Event Connect Group for Dads This connect group is an informal online catch-up for dads where they can meet and…

Connect Group for Dads

Event Connect Group for Dads This connect group is an informal online catch-up for dads where they can meet and…

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What's On
Event
8th Apr
Express your interest

Connect Group for Grandparents

Our connect groups let you connect over video with people in a similar situation. These informal groups are a space where you can share your experience with people who’ve been there too, as well as talk about challenges and share things you’ve found helpful

Connect Group for Grandparents

Our connect groups let you connect over video with people in a similar situation. These informal groups are a space where you can share your experience with people who’ve been there too, as well as talk about challenges and share things you’ve found helpful