Project information

Nicky's Way

“Before I came here I was upset and nervous, but you guys have helped me stand on my feet”

This quote is from a child who attended Nicky’s Way, a specialist programme of bereavement support for children and young people. We need funding to continue to provide this vital support in 2011.

April 2011 - November 2011

Charity information: St Nicholas Hospice Care

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  • Need

    Need

    Death, illness, loss and bereavement are difficult issues for adults to deal with, but for children, the mix of emotions can be far more complex. This struggle to cope can often be compounded by the child’s parent or guardian also dealing with their personal bereavement issues. External research by the Childhood Bereavement Network has linked unresolved bereavement issues in childhood to negative outcomes, including drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, lower school achievement and poor health.

    Solution

    Nicky’s Way aims to help each child to develop a personal coping strategy for their grief and promote positive memories about the person they have lost. It also aims to reduce isolation by uniting groups of children who are dealing with similar emotions and experiences. A series of activity-based groups enable children to share their fears and feelings, ask questions and receive information. An adult group runs in parallel, helping to improve the adult’s understanding of the child’s grief.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To help each child to develop a personal coping strategy for their grief

    Activities

    » Provide each child with a period of assessment and preparation by a professionally trained social worker to establish their individual needs
    » Hold a series of activity-based groups in which children are able to share their fears and feelings, ask questions and receive information
    » Promote positive memories children can cherish about the person they have lost using a tailored programme of activities

    Success will be demonstrated by positive feedback from children, adults and partner agencies as part of the programmes monitoring process


    Aim 2

    To normalise the grieving process and reduce the isolation children often feel in bereavement

    Activities

    » Bring together groups of children who are dealing with similar emotions and experiences
    » Encourage children to discuss and share their feelings and experiences, and to build relationships with other members of the group

    Success will be demonstrated by positive feedback from children, adults and partner agencies as part of the programmes monitoring process


    Aim 3

    To enhance the relationship between the child and their parent or carer

    Activities

    » Run adult groups in parallel with the children’s sessions to improve the adult’s understanding of the child’s grief
    » Hold combined adult and child groups as part of the programme

    Success will be demonstrated by positive feedback from children, adults and partner agencies as part of the programmes monitoring process


  • Impact

    Impact

    The project will have a positive impact on the lives of bereaved children and young people in our region and on local society. This will be demonstrated by the numbers of children supported, feedback received from attendees and partner agencies, and the advice and education provided to external agencies.

    Risk

    The project aims to help children and young people who are in an extremely vulnerable situation. The risk that some children will not respond to the programme as expected will be managed by using highly trained and experienced staff to run the programme. Each child will also be given detailed individual assessment prior to the programme.

    Reporting

    We will provide an update report for each of the two programmes in 2011, including the numbers of attendees, feedback and outcomes

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £35,103

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      Amount Heading Description
      £23,967 Family Support Worker salary Salary for two Family Support Workers including employer's NI and pension contribution
      £3,360 Staff and Volunteer Costs Training for Support Workers, volunteer expenses and travel expenses for assessment visits
      £3,630 Programme Costs Materials for art sessions, costs of outings, transport for participants and refreshments
      £4,146 Support costs Costs of management and administration support
  • Background

    Location

    The project covers the area of West Suffolk and South Norfolk. However, some attendees may live outside this area, but have a connection to the Hospice through their families.

    We also liaise with neighbouring Hospices regarding the continuous development of Nicky's Way, and have recently used our experience to advise colleagues in Hertfordshire who are setting up their own scheme. The programme therefore has the potential to impact a wide geographical area.

    Beneficiaries

    The primary beneficiaries will be children and young people across West Suffolk and South Norfolk. The programme is split into three age groups: 5-10, 11-14 and 15-18. Nicky’s Way is not restricted to the families of St Nicholas Hospice Care’s patients, but is an open access service regardless of the place or cause of death. By tackling the social issues associated with bereavement will have a significant community benefit. The project therefore has the potential to impact the whole region.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    St Nicholas Hospice Care is a specialist in the provision of bereavement care and support services, and has a dedicated team of trained staff and volunteers. The Hospice has developed this expertise since it was founded in 1984, and provides education and advice to health and social care professionals across the region. Nicky's Way has had great success in the past, and positive feedback gained through a thorough monitoring process.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Yvonne Holman

    Yvonne is the Family Support Worker responsible for running Nicky's Way. She conducts assessments with children upon referral and facilitates groups

    Jennie Unitt

    Jennie provides administrative support for Nicky's Way, including organising the programmes and liaising with attendees.

"I really enjoyed Nicky’s Way because it helped me and I made lots of friends. It made me express my feelings towards Dad’s death"

Nicky's Way Child