Local charity celebrates one-year anniversary of supporting children and young people

Specialist palliative and bereavement support provider, Compton Care is celebrating the first anniversary of its Children and Young People’s (CYP) Service.

The charity, which provides care to people with life limiting conditions in the local community, was awarded £79,810 funding by BBC Children in Need to support young members of its patients’ families.

The funding enabled the charity to welcome a new Children and Young People’s Support Worker, Lusia Coombes.

Over the last year Lusia, supported by a team of volunteers, has helped more than 100 children and young people, as well as their families. Lusia has also delivered 42 one-to-one sessions of emotional support with children and young people both in school and on site at Compton Hall.

The service provides monthly workshops designed to support emotional wellbeing, reduce feelings of isolation and encourage children and young people to build positive, supportive peer relationships within a caring and nurturing environment at a very difficult time in their lives.

The workshops have included visits from the Animal Man, memory making activities and wellbeing sessions hosted by Compton’s Complementary Therapy team. The team have also arranged family picnics, days out and visits to the theatre.

Impact Officer at BBC Children in Need, Helen Wilson, who was keen to see the positive difference the funding has made in the community, attended an Easter Egg Hunt event organised by Compton. She said: “It was great to see first-hand the real difference Lusia and the CYP Service are making, not only to the children but in the support that they offer the whole family at such a difficult time.”

One parent shared: “The project at Compton Care provides an invaluable service for children experiencing the loss of a loved one, enabling them to grieve and also celebrate those lives in a safe and secure, fun and friendly environment.”

 

To find out more about the support Compton Care offers for children and young people please contact its Advice and Referral Line on 01902 774570 or visit www.comptoncare.org.uk.

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