Malcolm manages the delivery of Archie’s Child Bereavement Service, delivering much of our training and providing mentoring and support for our staff and volunteer team. Malcolm is very often the first person you will speak to when accessing our service. Malcolm takes time to understand the background to the referral so he can offer immediate advice and, if appropriate, he will then introduce another member of the team who can provide one-to-one support.
Malcolm also arranges our Activity Days, which vary from craft making and keeping memories safe to dry ski slope tubing. Malcolm’s remit includes the recruitment, training and mentoring of volunteers for the charity and he coordinates training for schools, teachers and other professionals, providing advice on how they can support children when a teacher or fellow pupils dies. Malcolm and the volunteers work closely with the police, too.
Malcolm can be contacted by email [email protected]
Kevin was a Police officer with 30 years’ experience in operational roles, crime
investigation as well as participation and leading public protection and partnership
committees, formulating policy and strategies towards national aims. In his role as
a police officer Kevin spent a lot of time with families who have suffered a
bereavement. As the Grampian coordinator for Archie Child Bereavement Service
Kevin will be the first point of call for many of our families, offering advice and
“I feel very privileged being able to support the families we are in touch with, I really feel that early bereavement
support is invaluable. Having the correct support in place can make a huge difference in how a bereavement
affects the rest of a child’s life.”
You can contact Kevin by email – [email protected] or by calling 01224554152.
Jane joined in October 2020 after The Archie Foundation were awarded funding for her role. Jane has previously been a GCBN volunteer responder and has undertaken various training courses in children and young people’s mental health and well-being.
“Becoming one of the Bereavement Support Workers for the Archie Foundation is a real honour. Supporting grief in childhood and adolescence has always been something I have been passionate about, and being there for families within the hospital and the community is a privilege.”
You can contact Jane by email – [email protected] or by calling 01224 550144.
Caitlin joined Archie Child Bereavement Service in July 2022 and has a background with children through care/support work for children with disabilities and/or medical conditions.
“I am so glad and grateful to be starting this fantastic role making a difference in children’s lives. Being a bereavement support worker in Grampian (a role I share with Jane Watson) I hope to help children to grieve their losses in a supported and age-appropriate way.”
You can contact Caitlin by email – [email protected] or by calling 01224 550144.
Remi joined Archie Child Bereavement Service in July 2022 and provides support,
advice and guidance to parents and carers who are supporting a bereaved child.
Remi has spent many years supporting bereaved families – She has worked with
local charities and organisations who provide professional support to those who
have suffered a bereavement. She has organised events to bring bereaved people
together, providing a space to network with their local community, connect and
provide peer support. Currently in the Highlands we can provide our book gifting
service and other resources for families following the death of a loved one.
“I have worked with children and young people or over 10 years and have a passion to see them thrive despite
difficult life experiences. The last 5 years my experience of working with children has been in the Highlands so I
feel extremely privileged to be able to support children and families in this wonderful community. Grief and
death is never an easy topic to speak about with anyone, let alone children, but a part of my role at Archie’s Child
Bereavement Service, I will support families to encourage children talk about grief in an open and honest way, at
the child’s pace.”
You can contact Remi by email – [email protected] or by calling 07563396155.
If you live within Grampian, are over the age of 18 and eligible to join the PVG Scheme and would like to help a bereaved child as they come to terms with the loss of a loved one then we’d love to hear from you!
Take a look at the role descriptions below to see which of the two options are most appropriate to your interests and skills and if you feel you would could join our team, then please get in touch!
Volunteer Responders: Our trained volunteers receive referrals and visit families within their own homes to provide appropriate support and guidance to the families this can include direct work with the young person/s involved. Download our volunteer recruitment pack to learn more:
ACBS VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT PACK 2021
If you are interested please contact [email protected] or 01224 554152
Fundraisers and Event Assistance: Help fundraise, raise awareness and run events in a variety of ways including; organising locally based events, information finding, etc either on a regular on one off basis. Please contact – [email protected] for fundraising information.