We are recruiting for an experienced Bereavement Support Worker; this is a new role within a growing team.
Momentum Children’s Charity supports families whose children have cancer or a life-challenging condition.
Position: Bereavement Support Worker and Grandparent Support
Location: Community based across SW London, Surrey and parts of Sussex, with meetings in our Hampton Court, Surrey office
Salary: £26,000 – 28,000 FTE dependant on experience.
Hours: 15 hours per week
Closing date: 12 th September 2021
About the role:
The role of Bereavement Support involves supporting families where a child or young person has died through illness, sudden death or suicide providing practical and emotional needs-led support services. You will provide advice and guidance to professionals on supporting children and young people who are grieving or have experienced loss.
Momentum Children’s Charity have partnerships with six local hospitals, in SW London, Surrey and Sussex, who refer families to us for our support, ranging from therapies to respite and special family experiences. Should the unthinkable happen, our Momentum Echoes programme supports families through the heartbreak of losing a child. You will play a key part in helping us to develop our bereavement support across all the hospitals we partner with.
Your role will also involve starting up the Grandparent Support pilot service, which will engage with selected grandparents who are significantly affected by their grandchild’s diagnosis. It’s an exciting project to get involved with from the start, providing a healthy balance with the Echoes role.
We’re looking for someone with a background in bereavement support, who understands the importance of timely, meaningful, compassionate and non-judgmental support for all ages. You will equally be happy building a collaborative alliance with other partners (e.g., Hospitals, Community Teams etc.)
Essential skills and experience include:
Experience of direct work with children and their families who have been bereaved or children who are anticipating the death of a significant family member
Knowledge and understanding of complicated grief and the potential impact of the traumatic response that may be experienced by bereavement.
Proven ability to work within a team, which may include a wider team, working collaboratively with relevant agencies, e.g. NHS services and third sector agencies.
Level 3 in Safeguarding
Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
Ability to work flexibly and adaptable to evolving needs of service
Ability to work in partnership with families
Confident using IT including Microsoft Office and databases
Valid UK Driver’s license with access to a car is essential for this role
This role is subject to enhanced DBS clearance.
This role is incredibly rewarding, if you feel you have the necessary skills then apply today with a CV and a covering letter explaining how you feel you meet the requirements.
Other roles you may have experience of could include: Bereavement Counsellor, Bereavement Support Practitioner, Bereavement Services Manager, Volunteer Bereavement Support Enabler, Children and Young People Bereavement, Bereavement Support Nurse, Bereavement Support Services Officer, Counsellor/Therapist, etc.