Emotional support

Ozzy the Elephant

The Osborne Trust has found that for children a teddy can be a best friend. Ozzy & his friends

Someone to cuddle with, give comfort when Mum or Dad is in hospital and a friend to talk to. We know that younger children miss out on getting some programmes of support on offer from us and from other agencies due to their age and levels of understanding what is going on for a parent with cancer.

Ozzy the elephant is our mascot as part of our ‘Never Forget’ programme and is now sent to each child referred into us who requests one. Ozzy is to provide comfort if a parent is away having treatment and for someone to talk to at bedtime, he is always there with a listening ear and a cuddle through the difficult times. Ozzy never forgets.

Journaling

Writing is a way to look at ideas, thoughts and feelings that children may otherwise find difficult to express. Our journals for the over 9’s can help a child to stop, think and process what is happening to Mum or Dad. Feelings that they might find difficult to speak about might become easier to write about in their own book. As an activity, writing can help you process your emotions, which may help children to feel more in control of their feelings.

Books

We have a range of book suitable for all ages. Mummy’s Got A Poorly is suitable for our younger age range as it does not mention the word cancer, but it talks through the treatment and how Mum may feel going through it. Also, we have Mummy Goes to Hospital. Additionally, we can provide Only One of Me in both Mum and Dad versions where the book goes through a terminal cancer diagnosis.

Little C Club Flashcards

Suitable for the under 10’s, perfect for the younger age range we support. The cards are designed to support children through as parents’ cancer and were created by 2 women currently living with cancer. The cards are interactive and a great way to open up a discussion around the situation.

“Ozzy the Elephant and me will share lots of brilliant memories. I talk to her every night and I write in my journal every day.”
Millie aged 9

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