Compton Care will always hold a special place in my heart because of the support that the staff gave to my mom and dad. Mom was on the inpatient unit and Dad received care at home. I cannot thank the team enough for what they did for both of them – they were fantastic.
Compton were also there for me too as I received bereavement counselling. I had spent so long being the strong daughter that it was such a relief to be able to talk to someone who understood. I think it is so important for everyone to realise that it’s okay ask for help when they need it.
Naturally, I wanted to give something back. I had worked as a Community Development Worker for City Council for 16 years and then one of my colleagues said that there was a job opening at Compton Care. I jumped at the chance and went for it. I had actually volunteered at Compton Care many years before, but this new opportunity enabled me to bring with me my passion for community engagement work.
As Community Engagement Coordinator I have helped to establish Bereavement Information Hubs across our catchment areas. The hubs offer an informal and friendly environment to meet and talk to others who have experienced loss and grief.
It is such a privilege to meet the people who come along. The feedback we receive is truly touching and it’s heart-warming to hear people’s stories about how the hubs are helping them to come to terms with bereavement.
In my spare time I love to read and walk. In fact, if I can combine the two even better! I also love to travel and see the world. I think a read-a-thon would be a great fundraiser.
Just like me you can turn your passions into pounds this summer and raise funds so that local people living with incurable conditions can access the support they need to live the best life possible.