I am a Dramatherapist who works for Willow, the Children’s Hospital at Home Team, supporting children and young people through loss and change. I am also part of the teaching team at Roehampton University MA Dramatherapy.
I have worked with children and young people for over twenty years and since qualifying as a dramatherapist I have specialised in Childhood Bereavement, completing a Diploma in this subject at St Christopher’s Hospice (Middlesex University). I believe that children and young people can reach their full potential and learn to cope with their grief but they need the opportunity to talk about and explore their feelings around their loss and discover ways to carry their grief with them.
I am passionate about delivering a service that all local bereaved families’ can access in order to support them through what can be a very dark and lonely time.
With a degree in Economics and 15 years working in various analytical and account management roles, I gave up full time paid employment to look after my young children. I then began volunteering in the charitable sector, training with St Christopher’s Hospice to work with terminally ill patients and with the Candle Project to support bereaved children. Such work has bought me great joy! It has been a privilege to join the Living On team and support local families and their children, including offering support and advice to schools when a pupil has a loved one die.
I work part-time as a Project Co-odinator for Living On and volunteer as a Buddy.
Marianne Marsh – Volunteer
I have a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy and worked for 15 years in the NHS as an Occupational Therapist and mental health Care Co-ordinator. I have experience in a variety of settings, delivering both individual and group care, and have used my counseling skills both as a professional and as a volunteer with MIND and Student Nite line.
In both my career and personal life, I have witnessed bereavement and appreciate the deep impact that grief and loss can have on individuals and their families. I believe that Living On offers valuable support to what can be a forgotten but often life changing event. I became involved as a volunteer because I wanted to be part of this service offering support to children and their families to enable them start the process of rebuilding a future, using the buddying sessions and groups.
My clinical background is Nursing , Health Visiting and a Specialist Nurse in safeguarding children.
As well as being a Trustee, I am pleased to be able to volunteer for Living On bereavement service and to be able to give back my time and experience to make a difference for local children and families who have experienced a loss of a loved one.
Caroline Rous – Volunteer
I was a primary teacher for 13 years and still volunteer with a local primary school. I am also involved with children’s work in my church.
I volunteer for Living On because I want to support children, especially of primary school age, who have been bereaved. I believe the service is essential to the future welfare of these children.
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