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New bereavement training programme



Introducing our Team
Paul Ellison – Family Support and Bereavement Volunteer
1) Tell me about your volunteer role in a particular area.
I have been a volunteer with the Family Support Service at the hospice for 7 years. Following bereavement training I have been offering bereavement and family support to bereaved people, carers and patients in their own homes and on the Inpatient Unit at St Mary’s. In addition, I now support people attending the Make, Do and Mend workshops run by a small team from the hospice, offering bereavement and pre-bereavement support and practical skills helping people as they up-cycle their furniture project – and tea and biscuits!
2) What support do you receive as a volunteer?
The Family Support Service extends the ethos of ‘family support’ to all its volunteers, who are a great and diverse bunch of people! There is regular peer support through group supervision and everyone is made to feel how highly their contribution to the service is valued. Volunteer wellbeing is considered to be very important so there is never any pressure to take on any more volunteer work than you can manage given your personal circumstances. Friendly support is always available on the end of a phone or in person for any issues that may arise during the work. Team Christmas meals and afternoon teas out are regular annual features!


In January 2019 we will be holding a five day bereavement training programme on the following dates-
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th January
Saturday 2nd February & Sunday 3rd February
Sunday 10th February
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer within the Family support and bereavement team or would like to finds out a little bit more information about what this involves please contact Lynsey Lawson ( Team Lead) on 01229 580305.

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