Sue Raymond

Children Young People's Practitioner


What do you do at KEMP?

I am a Children's and Young Person Practitioner in the Children's team. I have a dual role; I support bereaved children and I have also established a Peer Mentoring programme for high schools.

Peer Mentoring is where pupils support other pupils; this develops a caring ethos in the students and in the school. The training involves awareness of emotional well-being, communication skills, safeguarding, confidentiality and bereavement. The training encourages the students to be more aware of their own emotional well-being so that they are able to recognise how to manage their own feelings which is especially important when you support others. It also helps the students to develop their own emotional resilience.

Alongside these roles the Children's team also organise residential weekends at an Outdoor Centre in Malvern, where we invite children we have been supporting to meet with other bereaved children to share experiences and to spend time remembering their special person who has died. These weekends require lots of organisation, are exhausting but are absolutely inspiring and what bought me to KEMP originally.

Why did you start working / volunteering at KEMP?

I had previously volunteered at another children's bereavement charity which sadly closed.

When KEMP for Kids had their first residential weekend I volunteered to support the weekends.

The experience of volunteering had always given me a passion for bereavement support and when the opportunity to join the team arouse, I applied for the role and was successful.

Why do you think KEMP Is special?

The day Hospice is so special and important to the Wyre Forest and the services that are associated with KEMP are what I think make KEMP so special - it is so much more than a hospice.

During my induction week I loved spending time in Day hospice, it is such a lovely environment; I came to understand how many volunteers offer their time for KEMP- there is an absolutely staggering amount in all departments and we would not be able to achieve what we do without them. You often hear money being counted in the finance team, reception cover, volunteer counsellors, befrienders, in shops, the warehouse, chaplaincy and fundraising are all supported by volunteers and I have never been aware of an organisation with so many committed and passionate volunteers - this shows how important and special KEMP is to the community.

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