The Joshua Tree Charity, was founded in 2006 by Lynda and David Hill after their son was diagnosed with leukaemia and discovered a distinct lack in support services for all family members during the traumatic experience of childhood cancer.
The focus remains at the heart of the charity, to continue to offer support to the whole family, from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond. The Joshua Tree specifically recognises that post-treatment can be a challenging time, when families are having to adapt to their `new normal` and the charity offers support to help bridge the gap that’s left when the safety net of treatment ends.
The Family Support Team are dedicated to working closely with families, recognising that every family’s cancer journey is unique and tailor the services to suit the family’s specific needs, by means of emotional support. This includes face to face and online support through well-being programmes, counselling, art therapy, therapeutic play, health and wellbeing advice and educational tutoring where required.
It is an incredibly exciting time for the Charity as the new fit-for-purpose Family Support Centre opens in Sandiway, Cheshire in response to the growing demand for the charity’s support service from North West and North Wales families affected by childhood cancer. The centre provides an appropriate environment for families, accommodating children of all ages from toddlers through to teenagers and features a welcoming heart space, a multi-functional activity room, counselling suites, soft play and sensory equipment, a games room, office facilities, an outdoor play area and landscaped gardens.
We also provide support to our families based in North Wales through online and face to face work.
Every step together with family and friends caring for children with cancer.
To support and improve the emotional well-being and mental health of all family members affected by childhood cancer, in the North-West of England and North Wales for as long as they need it
Our values underpin all that we do and govern our external and internal behaviour.
Our five values have the following meaning:
We use our expertise in delivering our priorities by putting beneficiaries first. We are clear and timely in our decision making, ensuring that all who interact with us understand our aims.
We enable individuals to be creative, by generating and implementing ideas that promote our vision and mission to support families caring for a child with cancer.
We are determined to make a difference by having courage to try new ideas that reflect beneficiaries’ changing needs.
We create energy and enthusiasm, celebrating our successes and individual achievements, trusting each other to make decisions and are accountable for our work and provide each other with support.
We act with integrity, ethically and free from bias, valuing diversity and treating each other well. We act in an open and transparent way, promoting and sharing good practice.
We show care, kindness, understanding, sensitivity and empathy to our beneficiaries and to all who come into contact with our charity.