Head of Family Support
What do you do at KEMP?
I manage the FST and provide 1 to 1 support to children and young people who have been bereaved or who have a loved one who has a life limiting condition.
Along with my team I also run residential weekends for bereaved children and young people and their families. We also provide group days for children and young people.
I train and support a team of volunteers who help us to run our residential weekends and our group days.
Why did you start working / volunteering at KEMP?
I started working at KEMP following being made redundant from another child bereavement charity when It ran out of money. I first became involved in child bereavement following the death of my daughter when she was 16, my youngest daughter who was 12 at the time and my husband really struggled with their grief and they had bereavement support from a local charity. This really helped them and saved their relationship. I know It works from personal experience and so this fires my passion for what I do.
Why do you think KEMP Is special?
I think that KEMP Is special because It Is at the heart of Its community and has an ethos that promotes support, understanding, caring and equality.
It Is a warm and friendly place to work that feels safe and supported.
It Is also open to changing needs and is not afraid to try new things and grow and develop.
What do you get out of working at KEMP?
I get a great sense of achievement and feel very humbled by some of the extraordinary young people that I meet in my day to day work. I love that I set to meet such Interesting and diverse people on a daily basis.
There are times when It can be stressful and I know that I have colleagues who will always find time to listen and support me.
I am thankful that KEMP offers me the opportunity to make a difference to people's lives when they need It.
What difference do you think KEMP makes to the community of the Wyre Forest?
I think KEMP provides a safe and supportive environment for people when they are ill or feeling vulnerable and need to ask questions about what is happening or need to explore their feelings and emotions and also understand the feeling and emotions of other people who are close to them.
KEMP also provides an interesting and supportive place to work with colleagues who share their skills, knowledge and expertise willingly and generously. They are supportive in times of challenge and also happy and enthusiastic in celebrating successes and triumphs of each other and patients, clients and the wider community
Email Jackie: email@example.com