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The Can Do Project aims to support young adults with kidney disease in Wales.  We recently launched the Project with some of our kidney patients.

The project emphasises the need to bring positivity to young adults and teenagers.  So many times kidney patients are told they are told you cannot do this, cannot eat that or cannot drink that.  We aim to turn the negatives to positives; looking at what young people can do.

We want to help build young adults’ confidence and give them the tools and encouragement to face challenges.  Participants in the Can Do group will have the opportunity to gather together, learn new skills and mentor younger patients to pass on the Can Do attitude.  Young adults will mentor patients aged between 14 and 18, acting as role models and guides as they move into adult services.

Initially, we gathered 20 young adults to launch, aiming to develop numbers as the project grows.  We will work together in meetings and on social media platforms.  Jamie Roberts will lead the team with positivity and experience.  Kidney Wales will fund the project and work alongside NHS Wales.