Comfort Clowns

The Comfort Clowns programme is dedicated to supporting children whose parents have been diagnosed with cancer and are receiving chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy. The Comfort Clowns create a playful, safe and accepting space in which young people can open-up about their worries and concerns, ask questions about their loved one's treatment, and explore painful events through the natural medium of play

Children in this situation can experience a number of feelings, including:

  • loss of control
  • hopelessness
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • frustration
  • withdrawal
  • aggression

Benefits from our visits include:

  • Increased sense of agency
  • Reduced anxiety and stress
  • Increased capacity for emotional regulation
  • Social engagement with young people in a similar circumstance
  • Increased capacity for decentration

This programme was made in collaboration with Lesley Howells (Centre Head and Consultant Clinical Psychologist) and the children attending the Maggie's Kids' Days, Dundee

A Look Inside Comfort Clowns - read this article by Suzie Ferguson, Artistic Director of Hearts & Minds