A Little About Me
Based in Norfolk all my life, I have nearly three decades of experience of working with children of all ages in a wide variety of youth and community settings, mostly in the voluntary sector. I have supported individuals and groups in youth clubs and young carers groups, as well as assisting in the development of services for young victims and witnesses of crime. I have been involved in providing support and training to other youth workers and delivered training on many youth related issues. More recently, I have specialised in supporting bereaved children and young people and helping them to understand and come to terms with their loss.
It was not my lifelong goal to be a qualified Children’s Bereavement Support Worker, but a mixture of roles over the years (both paid and voluntary) has led me to find a great interest in the subject. It became my passion as I developed my skills and knowledge as a frontline worker and this has resulted in me supporting numerous children, young people and their families during their bereavement journey.
I recognise the challenges faced and the emotional impact that grief can have on young lives. I’m determined to improve access to information and guidance for children about dying, death and bereavement. In my professional role, I love to seek opportunities to champion the needs of bereaved children and ensure that their voice is heard. I also enjoy delivering training on the impact of childhood bereavement to various schools and organisations. Becoming an author of children’s bereavement support books seemed like the next natural progression in my career.
When I’m not working, I can often be found walking my dogs and spending time in the Norfolk countryside with my husband Steve.