Bereavement volunteers needed for kids’ hospice

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A CHILDREN’S hospice is on the lookout for people to provide counselling for bereaved families.

Since its opening in 1997, the number of life-limited children and young people that Naomi House cares for has steadily increased.

One of the hospice’s main functions is to offer the children’s families much-needed respite breaks, which allow them a break from exhausting daily routines and a chance to recharge their batteries.

Naomi House, near Winchester, also plays a key role in caring for families at the end of their child’s life and beyond. The hospice provides bereavement support for as long as the family feels they need it – which can be for a long time after their child has passed away.

In a bid to expand the services it can offer, Naomi House plans to create a network of qualified and specially-trained volunteers.

Liz Hopper, the family support co-ordinator at Naomi House, said: ‘Providing bereavement support is challenging, but vitally important. Our volunteers will receive all the training they need, and through their help we hope to offer an even more extensive, flexible and widely available service to the Naomi House families.’

To apply, please visit www.naomihouse.org.uk, or call Liz on 01962 765 049.