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Month: December 2016

Volunteer of the month – December 2016

starWe have decided to share a volunteers story and to thank them for going the extra mile, by nominating a ‘Volunteer of the month’ each month. This month it is our volunteer, Sarah– read below to find out how amazing she has been.

Sarah always goes above and beyond to meet the need of the young person who she mentors. Sarah currently has two open mentoring cases, this means she gives huge amounts of her time to the service, not only does Sarah take on cases when needed, but she puts so much thought into the planning and focus area of each session to ensure that she is helping her mentee to reach their absolute potential. Previously, Sarah has held a long term mentoring case which she worked with for over a year. She is currently supporting two different mentee’s who are completely different, Sarah has embraced taking on a case which she wouldn’t usually work with, as well as working with a young person who she had historically mentored. Sarah always attends Group Supervision, as well as socials and contributes so much. Sarah you are a star, I hope you are enjoying your break!

Christmas Closing

The HUB will be closed between Christmas and new year.  We appreciate this can be a difficult time of year for lots of different reasons but there are places that you can get support. Try The Hub website for useful links.  You could  call Childline  0800 1111 or Samaritans   01481 715515 (local call charges apply) National telephone: 116 123 (this number is free to call)

If someone close to you has died or you are supporting a bereaved child we would recommend www.winstonswish.org.uk or www.childbereavementuk.org/

 

The HUB team will be back on Tuesday 3rdsp

Sunflower Project Prepares for Christmas

spThe HUB was buzzing on Saturday 3rd December, it was the third annual  ‘Remembering at Christmas’ event for the Sunflower Project.  All the families that have had contact with the bereavement Project were invited and 15 children dropped in to take part.  Under the watchful eye of Sunflower Ted perched at the top of The HUB Christmas tree everyone decorated a star.  The stars had names of loved ones who had died and special Christmas messages written on them before they were hung on the tree.

This year the children made a bauble that encased some wishes for and thoughts of their parent.  The atmosphere of understanding and caring created by the Sunflower team made it possible for many sad feelings to be shared and happy memories recalled.  Grace, Jen, Kate and I felt very privileged to share the morning with these wonderful families.

With Christmas carols, mince pies and chocolate brownies (no brownies for Grace and I #150chocfreedays) the festive atmosphere filled The HUB.  Everyone went home with a bauble, a teddy and some advice from Winston’s Wish about coping at Christmas after a bereavement.

If you would like information or advice about supporting a grieving child or young person please contact The HUB tel:724421 or email: sunflower@barnardos.org.uk.

The HUB will be closed between Christmas and new year but for anyone who is dealing with a loss in the family there is some really useful information and advice at www.winstonswish.org.uk and childbereavementuk.org.

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