Caring Matters Now is committed to supporting all those affected by Congenital Melanocytic Naevi. Recently, Caring Matters Now has expanded our dedicated support for teenagers and young adults affected by CMN.

Teens & Young Adults Support Contacts

We have two dedicated support contacts for our teens and young adults: Katie Arends and Katy Jackson. Both Katie and Katy are happy to chat with our teenage and young adult members, share experiences and answer any questions you may have regarding living with CMN.

Both support contacts know first-hand the difficulties that are attached to having CMN, especially throughout the teenage years and into early adulthood. We are delighted to have both ladies on the support team, they are great examples of young adults with CMN who have successfully reached their personal goals and aspirations.

Katy Jackson

Katy Jackson is our Young Adults Contact, providing support for those aged 17–24 years.

My name is Katy, and I live in Hertfordshire. I was born with a CMN on the back of my right knee, which covers about a third of my leg. You can read my story here. My family have been involved with Caring Matters Now almost since the beginning, and now I’m an adult I’m excited to be able to get involved on my own. I’m so honoured that I’ve been given the opportunity to join the adult support team. I am primarily here to provide support to our older teens and young adults, those aged 17 – 24 years, so if you would like to have a chat, I’m here to listen!

Katie Arends

Katie Arends is our Teens Contact, providing support for teenagers aged 12-17 years.

My name is Katie. I am a maths teacher and I live in Liverpool. I have CMN on my arms, shoulders and scalp. You can find my personal story here. I am the teenage support contact, and always happy to chat to any of our teenagers. I attend the CMN conference each year, as well as the teens fundraising event. It is always great to see so many teens from across the country come together at these events and, over the years, real friendships have been developed. Please get in touch with me anytime and it would be great to see you at an event this year.

If you are aged between 13 years to 18 years, you can contact Katie and Katy by email: [email protected]

Young Ambassadors Programme

Our Young Ambassadors Programme aims to provide young people affected by CMN (13 to 19 years) a platform to develop the following key skills: leadership, innovation, communication, teamwork, building relationships, public speaking and media engagement. Find out more here

Young Ambassadors Programme

YP Face IT – Online Support

Caring Matters Now is working in partnership with the Centre for Appearance Research who have developed an age-appropriate and easily accessible seven-week web-based support programme called young People’s Face IT (YP Face IT), for young people aged between 12 and 17 years old.

YP Face It provides support and advice for any young person who has worries or is unhappy because they have a visible difference.  YP Face IT will help you learn new skill and will give you useful tips so you feel more confident about the way you look.  You’ll learn how to deal with situations that you find upsetting or uncomfortable.  YP Face IT will help you feel more comfortable meeting new people and being with friends, going to the shops or clubs, playing sport, going to school or college.