The Connect Project
To create an online platform where young bereaved people aged 12-18 can talk to others who have experienced grief and the loss of a loved one due to an incurable illness. It will give young people the opportunity to share their thoughts, feelings and fears in a safe and anonymous environment.
We anticipate that this will be an ongoing project.
Compton Hospice Limited
The project will provide young bereaved people with online support in between their fortnightly sessions at the hospice.
Nick Davies, Children’s Bereavement Counsellor at Compton Hospice, said: "Young people accessing the service see a counsellor once a fortnight so this will give them extra support in between these sessions which they currently do not have."
12-18 year olds can currently attend workshops and meet with others their age. This forum allows them to interact outside the hospice.
The online forum will provide support for young people in between their bereavement sessions at the hospice and allow them to speak to others who have also been bereaved.
Nick Davies, Children’s Bereavement Counsellor said: "We conducted a survey and 100% of all the young people we questioned said they would like some sort of online forum to discuss their thoughts, feelings and emotions with others their age in a similar situation."
Providing an online forum for young bereaved people aged between 12-18.
Activities» Create a safe and secure online website which young people aged 12-18 using the bereavement service can access via a password and login.
This aim will be demonstrated by actually creating the online forum and ensuring it is a safe and secure platform for young people accessing the bereavement service to use.
Connect young bereaved people aged 12-18 with one another via an online forum.
Activities» Letting young people who access the bereavement service know about the online facility and offer them a password and the chance to access the forum.
» Offering those accessing the bereavement service the use of laptops and computers at the hospice to 'try out' the new forum.
Account for the use of the forum and assessing whether it is useful during the fortnightly sessions after speaking with young people accessing the bereavement service.
Use the online forum to act as an interim in between bereavement sessions.
Activities» Monitoring each individual's use of the forum by fortnightly updates at each counselling sessions to discuss whether it is something they enjoy using.
» Speaking with individuals in their sessions to see if they enjoy the extra support and find it a useful tool as part of their counselling.
This will be demonstrated in the fortnightly sessions speaking with each individual using the forum to find out what they find useful, what they enjoy and what can be improved.
Long term changes may include the increase in the number of users accessing the forum. 100% of young people aged 12-18 accessing Compton Hospice's bereavement service said they would use an online support forum. The facility would be offered to young people aged 12-18 and is likely to increase due to the popularity of online platforms and social media. The increase would be demonstrated via an online activity log and the number of users and discussions taking place on the forum.
The risk that could influence the success of this project is the moderation of the forum. However, after liaising with a company called Kids OK Online (KOKO) we have been offered a software package that would protect our users from bad language, bullying, sexual exploitation, self harm and suicide by using intelligent language filters and alerting moderators to any worrying content via email.
We would have volunteer moderators checking the forums three times a day also.
Regular reports will be issued to those donors who have funded the project.
Budget - Project Cost: £21,205Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £9,855 Website Website creation & ongoing maintenance for 3 years £11,350 Moderation & Safety Safety and moderation software for 3 years and marketing
Compton Hospice is a Wolverhampton based charity which has been supporting patients facing a life-limiting illness, and their families, for over 30 years.
The project would be overseen by our bereavement team at the hospice and young people using the forum would be able to access it in their own homes with their secure password and log-in details. The service would be moderated daily by volunteers from our adult bereavement service.
The project will benefit young people aged 12-18.
A recent survey of 12-18 year olds accessing our bereavement service showed that 100% of those questioned would use and benefit from an online support forum to speak to young bereaved people like themselves. Those questioned also said they would use the forum on average 2-3 times a week.
The forum would offer extra support for these young people in between their fortnightly sessions.
We are one of the largest hospices in the local area and our services are available free-of-charge to people in Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall, South Staffordshire and East Shropshire.
We want to lead the way in exploring new methods of communication and believe that an online facility would allow us to do that.
Your sponsorship money would allow us to run the forum for 3 years after which we would fund the costs ourselves.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Children's Bereavement Counsellor