Malcolm co-ordinates our Child Bereavement Network service and is most often the first person you will speak to when contacting us for support. Malcolm takes time to understand the background to the referral so he can offer appropriate immediate advice and, if appropriate, introduce one of our volunteer responders 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 role also 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]
Carolyn joined in October 2020 after almost 30 years working in the Early years Sector in a variety of settings. Carolyn has experience in developing emotional strategies with children to help them with their resilience. She is also training to become a person-centred counsellor.
‘As Archie’s brand-new Bereavement Support Worker I am delighted to be working with children and families in the NHS Grampian area who have suffered a loss. It is a privilege to assist children in managing their grief and being able to help them with their emotional wellbeing at their time of need.’
You can contact Carolyn directly by email – [email protected] – or by calling 01224 550144.
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.
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.
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.
If you are interested please contact [email protected] or 01224 554152