MCP Property Services and Teens Unite join forces to help careers of young people diagnosed with cancer

2018-03-29

MCP Property Services Ltd (MCP) has partnered with Teens Unite; a charity supporting those aged 13-24 following a cancer diagnosis.

The charity unites young people and rebuilds their lives following a cancer diagnosis. Teens Unite organises workshops and activities, where the young people can meet others their age in a similar situation, rebuild their confidence and self-esteem and learn new skills; often preparing them for a future career.

The new partnership will see MCP offer structured work placements and ‘taster days’ for young people who are considering a career in the trades. The company undertakes all areas and trades of work meaning the young people can choose to experience life working in electrical compliance, plumbing, carpentry, roofing repairs and more.

They will have the opportunity to shadow employees in their chosen trade, ask questions and build confidence in a supportive and friendly work environment.

Lesley Morris, Operations Manager at Teens Unite said: “MCP has a strong reputation for really taking care of its most valuable assets, its staff, and through this partnership they are extending that courtesy to the young people we support.

“We know that so many of the young people we support are ‘derailed’ by their illness and treatment and worry about starting or returning to work, not knowing in many cases what it is they want to or are able to do. Their time at MCP will give them invaluable experience and real taste of whether it is something they would like to pursue” added Lesley.

Teens Unite is the only charity providing ongoing emotional, social and physical support to young people from diagnosis, through treatment, into remission and beyond. The charity currently has over 1,100 young people registered to receive this support.

Anna West, HR Manager at MCP, said: “Many of us can’t imagine what it’s like for a young person to survive cancer. We were overwhelmed by the invaluable work of Teens Unite and really keen to support their cause, and specifically helping these teens shape their careers and future lives.

“I believe we need an industry-wide effort to overcome reluctances to employ people who have or have had cancer because of absence or sickness concerns. Let’s focus on the talent these young people have and support them in getting to where they want to be” concluded Anna.

The staff at MCP are also going to be put through their paces as they join Teens Unite and a growing number of other local businesses for a bit of healthy competition in this year’s ‘It’s a Knockout’ event in Wormley, Hertfordshire on 3rd June.

Matt Clarke, Managing Director at MCP added: “What hits home is that these young people are just looking to lead a normal life like their peers without cancer. We have worked hard to give our staff every opportunity to be the best they can be and we want to extend this support to our local communities through advice, inspiration and opportunities, in any way we can really.”