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Nelson's Journey launch young volunteer scheme

Written by  Gena Moore
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Maddic holds the newly created Young Volunteers literature. Maddic holds the newly created Young Volunteers literature.

To celebrate the beginning of the nationally celebrated Volunteers Week, Nelson’s Journey are launching their new young volunteer recruitment literature in a bid to attract more children aged 11 – 17yrs to support their work. 

The Nelson’s Journey Youth Panel were supported by the charity to produce promotional literature which will encourage other young people to give up their time and support Norfolk’s child bereavement charity.

Lorna Vyse, Senior Child Bereavement Support Worker and Co-ordinator of the Youth Panel said “Our Young Volunteers are an incredible asset to our organisation as they provide the voice of young people within our service. Many speak from their personal experience of being bereaved and so they are particularly well informed to give insight into what resources and projects would have been helpful to them. It is not essential for our young volunteers to have had a bereavement experience in order to volunteer, as each individual comes with their own thoughts and ideas on how to support others.  The young people’s input helps Nelson’s Journey be the best charity it can be for Norfolk’s bereaved children.”

The Youth Panel have already launched the first interactive Smartphone App called ‘Smiles & Tears’, are working on an education resource to take into schools and in 2015 were recipients of a Diana Award recognising their contribution through volunteering to Nelson’s Journey.

Nelson’s Journey worked with Norwich based creative marketing agency Farrows to produce the literature.  Heather Farrow, Managing Director said “We are extremely pleased to have worked closely with Nelson’s Journey for nearly 20 years, supporting the charity by providing design and marketing expertise to help raise its profile and brand visibility. As a Norwich-based creative agency, we have great respect and admiration for the fantastic work that Nelson’s Journey carries out within our local community.  Volunteers are an important part of the charity’s success and so the Farrows team is delighted to be able to help recruit the next generation of young volunteers.”

Information about the Young Volunteers Scheme is available by calling Nelson’s Journey on 01603 431788.

About Nelson’s Journey

During 2015, Nelson’s Journey received 631 referrals, an increase of 6% on the previous year. Those who were referred had experienced the death of family members or close friends.  Causes of death varied and included heart attack, road traffic collision, drink and drug related, illness, murder and suicide.  Unfortunately we saw a 15% increase in referrals following suicide. 

Nelson’s Journey has been operating since 1997 and is a registered charity providing a service for children and young people aged 0-17 years inclusive, living in Norfolk, who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life.  We aim to improve the emotional well being of bereaved children by:  increasing their confidence and self belief, providing education about the causes of death, enabling families to talk openly about their bereavement.  We also provide opportunities to remember those who have died and help children to express and understand their emotions.

Nelson’s Journey endeavours to ‘Bring back smiles to bereaved children’.

It is estimated that 470 children living in Norfolk will experience the death of a parent this year.  It is currently estimated that 1 in 29 school aged children have experienced the death of a parent or sibling, in Norfolk this equates to approximately 3,825 children.  This figure is significantly higher when pre-school children and 17 year olds are included. 

For more details please see www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk










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