Children & Young Adults

We provide a range of support services for children and young adults affected by cancer, including art therapy, sensory & creative Therapies, individual counselling, social outings, arts & crafts classes.

Our counsellors are specifically trained to deal with the issues that affect children and cancer.

View our Children First Policy here

Read Dan & Juliet’s story here of how our services have helped them.

Sensory & Creative Therapies for Children:

These one to one sessions are run by our child and adolescence counsellor, and help children and adolescences by providing a safe space where they can come and engage in sensory and creative play.

When children are experiencing anxiety or loss, they need a safe place to discuss their feelings, worries and emotions.

CLIMB Children’s Programme:

CLIMB is a programme for children aged 5-12 who are experiencing the impact of a parents cancer diagnosis.

CLIMB stands for Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery.

CLIMB is run over six weeks. It’s an enjoyable, sharing, interactive experience and a time for the children to come together to deal with their feelings. Throughout the programme the children will develop an understanding of cancer and from this understanding the myths and fears that children can hold about cancer will be dispelled. The programme is creative, using drama, arts and play. They are also based on having fun together and meeting new friends.

CLIMB aims to help your child:

  • To understand a cancer diagnosis by providing information on cancer
  • To learn how to express his or her feelings and emotions
  • To learn how to cope with these feelings
  • To feel part of a social group by making friendships with other children sharing a similar experience
  • To cope with the dramatic changes they are witnessing and experiencing in the home

How CLIMB works…
Each weekly session has a specific goal regarding a particular feeling. Activities and play are used to reach these goals which are detailed below.

Week 1
Goal: To Decrease isolation by sharing cancer story with other children.
Feeling: Happy

Week 2
Goal: To Increase the child’s knowledge about cancer and its treatment.
Feeling: Confused

Week 3
Goal: Normalise feelings of cancer.
Feeling: Sad

Week 4
Goal: Assist the child to identify his/her strengths and normalise feelings of anxiety.
Feeling: Scared

Normalise feelings of anxiety and identify his/her strengths that help cope with cancer.
Feeling: Scared

Week 5
Goal: Assist child in expressing and managing anger appropriately.
Feeling: Anger

Week 6
Goal: Facilitate communication with the parent who has cancer.

Support for Parents
Parents are invited to stay for a cup of tea and conversation while the children play. A CLIMB Support Volunteer is on hand to support parents during sessions.

If you would like to register your child for the CLIMB Programme or require further information please contact Purple House Cancer Support Centre on 01-2866966 or email

We have over 26 years experience of dealing with the issues that affect teenagers who are affected by cancer directly or who have a parent or relative with cancer.  If you are worried about someone you know who has cancer, don’t hesitate to contact us in confidence on 01-2866966 or through our social media channels Facebook and Twitter

We have a Young Person’s Forum & a Young Ambassadors programme which are focused on developing cancer awareness and information for young people aged 16 to 30. Our Young Persons Forum meet regularly in Purple House to discuss the issues that affect the under 30 age group.

The aim of the programme is to encourage the 16-30 age group to be more cancer aware by us educating them in their own environments in a fun way. eg: music festivals, social media, schools etc.

We aim to educate this age group on being sun smart and to take steps to reduce their cancer risk by leading a healthy lifestyle.

Skin cancer is the most common cause of cancer in Ireland. There were 10,000 cases of skin cancer in Ireland in 2014, and of these 896 cases were melanoma.  Young people are particularly at risk of melanoma as there is a 75% increased risk of developing melanoma when sunbed use begins before the age of 30.

People in East coastal areas have a higher risk of developing skin cancer, according to the National Cancer Registry All Ireland Cancer Atlas.

Our Young Ambassadors programme is all about reaching 16-30 years olds through their environments, like music festivals, social media etc.

We also run a health awareness campaign called ‘Check Me Out‘ which encourages the 18-30 age group to be cancer aware.  For more information on this please visit

You are also welcome to get involved with our Young Persons Forum who meet regularly in Purple House to discuss the issues that affect the under 30 age group.

If you would like to get involved and help make a difference in your community, contact Conor O’Leary by email