LATEST NEWS & INFORMATION
WORK WITH US AS A VOLUNTEER COUNSELLOR
We are recruiting volunteers with relevant experience to join our team to provide bereavement and counselling support. This is an excellent opportunity for trainee and experienced counsellors wanting to develop their skills within a brief therapy framework and who are interested in expanding their experience of working with loss and bereavement.
Adult Counselling Service
You need to have at least one year of clinical experience, or have experience in a hospital, hospice or bereavement service, and have acquired 50 clinical hours. Training on bereavement counselling will be provided and you will have the opportunity to join our CPD training programme. This covers effective brief therapy, working with complex clients and systemic perspectives for supporting families through a bereavement.
Closing date 3 September 2021. Please click on the following links for further information and to apply:
Children and Young People's Service
The Saying Goodbye Project is looking for people who have experience of working in a professional capacity with children and young people, with either a counselling qualification, or experience of using counselling skills in their professional role. Volunteers are provided with training specific to the role and regular ongoing supervision and support.
If you would be interested in this rewarding work, at a time when many children and young people have experienced challenging bereavements, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
JOIN OUR BOARD AS A FUNDRAISING TRUSTEE
We are looking for new Trustees to join our Board. If you are someone who understands the work of the charity sector and has the skills, experience and time to make a real difference as a serious and committed Trustee we would like to hear from you.
The Board of Trustees is jointly responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of Kingston Bereavement Service, its financial health and developing its aims and objectives in line with the governing document and legal and regulatory guidelines.
We are particularly interested in individuals with experience in Fundraising. For further information please download the Trustee role description and contact us if you are interested in applying.
KBS WELCOMES NEW INTERIM SERVICE DIRECTOR
We are delighted to welcome John Ng as our interim Service Director, managing the operation of KBS for the remainder of 2021.
John graduated from Roehampton University with a Masters in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. His experience includes working with young people and adults experiencing bereavement, stress, relationship difficulties, eating disorders, trauma, substance abuse, anxiety and depression. John has also worked as a school and college counsellor, counselling children and teenagers struggling with issues ranging from bullying, parent separation, sexuality, identity, self-harm and exam stress.
John is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and is also trained as an Equine Assisted Therapist and Coach and has an interest in Ecotherapy. He is also a member of the British Mountaineering Council and has conducted research into climbing and its effects on wellbeing.
SUPPORT DURING COVID
KBS will follow government advice relating to the coronavirus pandemic to which all our staff are required to adhere. We will continue to carefully monitor the situation and provide updates accordingly. We apologise for any inconvenience that changes we make to our service may cause but hope you will understand that the safety and wellbeing of those who provide and access our service is paramount.
Face-to-face appointments will recommence in September 2021. We will continue to offer our service through telephone and video counselling for those that prefer socially distanced sessions.
Families, children and young people
If your child is currently receiving bereavement support and counselling, a member of our team will be in contact with you to discuss how this can be managed. We are able to continue to provide support, information and advice for parents and carers by telephone.
We are not currently arranging any face-to-face training, and you will be contacted if you have already have a training date booked. If you have any concerns or would like support, advice or information, please do get in touch, and we will support you as best we can.
Getting in touch
If you have any concerns about these arrangements, or would like to access support or information, we are still operating and able to support you in as flexible a way as possible. Please make contact on 020 8547 1552 if you would like to talk to one of our team. We are accessing the phone remotely on a daily basis, so please do leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Supporting children and young people
The Coronavirus pandemic has brought about change in all our lives, including those of children and young people, many of whom will struggle to understand the reasons for the changes and restrictions that are being imposed on us all.
Like all of us, they will have questions and worries about the virus, they may also pick up on the worries that the adults in their life will have about this time of uncertainty. For a child who has experienced the death of someone significant to them, these anxieties and worries may be worse.
We have put together the information and ideas below that you may find helpful when supporting bereaved children and young people during the pandemic.
Child Bereavement UK:
A short film about supporting bereaved children during the outbreak
Explaining to children when you can't visit someone who is ill
Talking to bereaved children about coronavirus
Telling a child that someone is seriously ill
Telling a child that someone has died from coronavirus
Managing grief during self isolation
Cruse Bereavement Care:
Tips about talking to children
Cruse has a wide range of information and resources about grief and coronavirus
The Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families has some useful information for parents and carers, as well as professionals supporting children and young people. They also have information on self-care strategies for young people.
Funerals and ways to say goodbye
Some children and young people won’t be able to attend the funeral of loved ones during the pandemic due to the requirements around social distancing. These are alternative suggestions of ways to say goodbye:
Nelson’s Journey: Guidance for families around funerals
Winston’s Wish: How to say goodbye when a funeral isn't possible
Quaker Social Action: Organising a meaningful funeral
Further up to date information can be accessed from the National Association of Funeral Directors