The Acorn Project Hawke’s Bay was set up in January 2019 to meet a need for personalised one on one support for young people living with cancer in Hawke's Bay.
Founder of The Acorn Project Hawke's Bay, Kerrie Waby, was the branch coordinator and a youth support worker a CanTeen in Hawke's Bay for six years. Her role included providing one on one support to young people, growing membership, fundraising, administration of accounts and everyday activity as well as being the local community liaison.
Using her 24 years experience, Kerrie has developed the service to provide more support for the parents/carers of members too. There has been a significant need for this area of support for some time and we can now address this. There is also an opportunity to work with the members and family separately and in times of need they can come together to build stronger communication, share their experiences and plan for the future, however that may look.