We are currently accepting applications for a job vacancy at Havering & Brentwood Bereavement Service.

VACANCY: FAMILY LIAISON FOR #4ME PROJECT PRIMARY (children aged 10 and under)

Hours 12 hours a week (term time only)

Salary £21,385 pro rata dependant on qualification and experience

Closing date is April 29th, 2019

Please contact recruitment@hbbscounselling.org for an application form

#4ME U10’s Counselling - Project Overview 

“To provide the best one to one support for adults and children experiencing bereavement and loss, enabling them to explore and understand their feelings and emotions and work towards adjustment in their new lives.”

The Havering & Brentwood Bereavement Service (HBBS) is a local charity, established in 1989 to provide one-to-one counselling support for adults suffering from bereavement and loss. Although grief is a natural process we recognise that it can often trigger many other emotions and feelings and we believe that counselling often helps to overcome these problems and enables the individual to move on with their lives. HBBS has worked within the area for nearly twenty five years and over that time has developed a community focussed approach with strong networking ties in the area with health professionals, GP’s etc. The organisation has its own dedicated counselling rooms in Brentwood and Hornchurch. Counselling is also provided within schools where applicable.

HBBS also provides a counselling service for the carers and families of people with Dementia, within the Thurrock area; commissioned by Thurrock CCG.

HBBS is committed to running a project funded by Children in Need until September 2020. The aim is to enable more young people to access bereavement support through individual counselling in schools and in the community incorporating social media, and access to a social interaction project.

The main element of this project is therapeutic. It will incorporate individual weekly bereavement counselling for children for a minimum of 7 weeks (including assessment). In these sessions the children are encouraged and supported to understand their current situation and are helped to normalise their emotions, even those which are overwhelming for them.

Counselling in a supportive, caring and safe environment will ease the children in to talking about their emotions, normalising and accepting them. Our counsellors will help them find the language they need not only to express themselves in the counselling sessions, but also share their concerns and hopes with other family members and friends outside of the therapeutic environment. For example, an angry child developing these skills will diminish their frustration and uncharacteristic aggression will diminish.

A range of strategies will also be used to build the child’s self-esteem and give them the tools they need to maintain their emotional well-being in their everyday life. For a withdrawn child, developing these skills will boost their confidence and enable them to be more like their former self. 

The children will also be given help to understand and utilise their own support network outside of the session and given guidance about how to use it in the future.

We are also looking to develop our Kids in it Together Club to facilitate the participation of more children in a wider range of activities.

Additionally, experience in this field informs us that some family liaison work will help to maximise the access and engagement of the individual child in the counselling process. In Oct 2016 we launched a new project for older children and young people and have found the liaison role has been crucial for demystifying the counselling process and enhancing engagement levels. We are keen to introduce this role in our bereavement support work for younger children and their carers.

For the young people who are the focus of this project we hope that by maximising for them the potential benefits of our support, we will help them adjust to their new lives post bereavement and enable them to look to the future more positively; gaining confidence to make the most of what life offers them in the future. We also have an ‘open door’ policy for clients to return to us at any point in the future.

ABOUT US:  The Havering and Brentwood Bereavement Service (HBBS) is a community charity which has been supporting local people for over 25 years. We work across the whole of the Brentwood and Havering areas and beyond.

We offer individual counselling programmes for clients, training for other professionals and voluntary sector organisations and operate a range of local contracts with schools and healthcare professionals. We continue to have a specialism in bereavement, but also support clients of all ages facing other challenges in their lives

For our staff we provide clinical supervision as required, staff support, professional development opportunities and a supportive professional working environment

HBBS is committed to running a project funded by Children in Need until September 2020. The aim is to enable more young people to access bereavement support through individual counselling in schools and in the community incorporating social media, and access to a social interaction project.

Additionally, experience in this field informs us that family and schools liaison helps with communication and to maximise the access and engagement of the individual child in the counselling process. 

Our exciting and dynamic team currently has several vacancies across the Havering and Brentwood area, reporting to the main office in Brentwood.