Project information

Supporting Norfolk’s bereaved children

Nelson's Journey are seeking support enabling us to employ an additional Child Bereavement Support Worker to better cope with the level of referrals of bereaved children and young people.

We received 596 referrals in 2014 of children who have experienced the death of a significant person.

We would look to introduce it for the long term

Charity information: Nelson's Journey

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  • Need

    Need

    We know offering the right help at the right time gives bereaved children and young people the best chance of avoiding long-term mental and emotional health issues, which can lead to educational problems, drug and alcohol abuse and law-breaking.

    Our work is preventative, it costs us around £550 to support one bereaved child which is a minimal cost when you take into account future costs on society if issues have established themselves.

    Solution

    Our services provide opportunities for children and young people to remember the person who has died, express their emotions, talk about their feelings and meet others going through a similar experience.

    Frequently children tell us that they feel alone, no one understands them and they are worried about talking about the person who has died for fear of upsetting others. Other young people might be struggling so much they are self harming. Our support encourages positive outcomes.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Increased self confidence

    Activities

    » As part of our work we bring groups of bereaved children together, providing them with opportunities to share their stories, feelings and memories.
    » Outdoor activities – within their groups, children take part in fun, confidence and team building activities such as the high and low ropes course

    We complete questionnaires in a three stage process, the same questions are asked and quantitative data is analysed. Feedback questionnaires provide qualitative data.


    Aim 2

    Help children feel less isolated.

    Activities

    » Therapeutic weekends - 2 day intensive programme of bereavement support including memory work activities, exploring feelings and building self esteem.
    » Activity Days - A one day intensive programme of bereavement support including memory work activities, exploring feelings and building self esteem.
    » NJ Clubs (youth club style) - to allow children and young people the opportunity to meet others with similar experiences in a fun, informal setting.

    We complete questionnaires in a three stage process, the same questions are asked and quantitative data is analysed. Feedback questionnaires provide qualitative data.


    Aim 3

    Encourage children to talk about their feelings

    Activities

    » Anger pillow - draw pictures/write words of things that make them happy on one side of a pillowcase and on the reverse, things that make them angry.
    » Group discussion around feelings including watching a DVD which addresses emotions likely to experience following a significant death.

    We complete questionnaires in a three stage process, the same questions are asked and quantitative data is analysed. Feedback questionnaires provide qualitative data.


  • Impact

    Impact

    We know that our work has a positive effect on the lives of many children and young people. Parents have fed back that children have started to attend school again, their moods have improved, they are not taking their anger out on others and are communicating more. Some children who had felt unable to visit the location of a death have now been able to go and have felt more positive after.

    Many families are willing to share their experiences of our support and we promote these when we can

    Risk

    The only risk is how we fund the post following the spending all the funds. We would aim to secure longer term funding from charitable trusts or other appropriate sources.

    Reporting

    We send out a bi-monthly e-newsletter to update supporters on all of our activities. We would also send out our annual review which summarises our successes in the previous year.

    We would encourage them to follow us on social media as we make great use of that too.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £22,635

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,798 Salary Full time salary (37hrs per week)
      £1,837 N.I contribution on costs
  • Background

    Location

    Our work takes place throughout Norfolk.

    Beneficiaries

    Children and young people aged 0 - 17yrs inclusive who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life.

    Professionals who require guidance in how best to support a child in their care/setting.

    Parents/carers and family members of service users.

    Over 200 children will directly benefit. Many are from disadvantaged backgrounds with many causes of death related to drink/drug abuse, murder, manslaughter and suicide.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only specialist child bereavement charity in Norfolk and were established in 1997. Our work is recognised nationally and we have a wonderful team who hold professional qualifications relevant to their role. There is no other service to support bereaved children and young people where the death is not related to long term illness. Demand is increasing year on year and this proves the need for our service.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Fiona Coull

    Fiona is a Child Bereavement Support Worker covering North Norwich and North Norfolk. She is a qualified social worker and experienced worker.

£550

Provide a full package of support for one child

"She is more confident and no longer has worries or mental blocks. Her schoolwork has improved with increased self esteem"

Parent