- $441,659 will pay for new equipment and improvements to Canteen WA service hub
- Funding will increase capacity of support services for young people with cancer
- Service hub currently supports 317 young people across the State
Youth Minister Peter Tinley today presented a Lotterywest grant of $441,659 to the youth cancer organisation Canteen for improvements to the Western Australian service hub in Nedlands.
The funding will go towards a range of equipment upgrades and increased capacity for access of support services for young people impacted by cancer, including those living in regional or remote areas.
The upgrades will include:
- two new counselling rooms;
- a private space for telephone and video conferencing counselling services;
- an expanded training/meeting room with IT fit out;
- an informal meeting space with kitchen facilities;
- improved toilet facilities; and
- safety modifications to the ramped access.
The Canteen service hub was first established in WA in 1988 and operates from a Cancer Council WA building on the QEII hospital site.
The hub currently supports 317 young people living with cancer each year, with all available services provided free of cost.
Cancer diagnosis has a profound impact on any individual, but it can be particularly challenging for young people. In supporting their needs, Canteen focuses closely on the emotional and social impacts that cancer has on young people aged 12-25.
Since 1991, the State Government through Lotterywest has now contributed a total of $531,078 in funding to Canteen - The Australian Organisation for Young People Living with Cancer.
Comments attributed to Youth Minister Peter Tinley:
"This $441,659 Lotterywest grant from the McGowan Government to Canteen to upgrade its service hub will provide improved comfort and much needed resources for the 317 young people who use the centre.
"Importantly this includes help for young people from regional and remote areas of WA and their families.
"Dealing with cancer is a confronting experience for a young person. At a time when life should be full of possibilities, they are suddenly confronted with worries and concerns that shouldn't be theirs.
"In many ways they are forced to grow up too fast.
"Canteen and its dedicated staff and volunteers do a wonderful job in supporting the needs of young people with cancer and understanding the emotional and social impact that it has on their lives."
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