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Simon Wright joins Nelson's Journey

Written by  Sophie Berry
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Simon Wright joins Nelson's Journey

Norfolk’s child bereavement support charity, Nelsons Journey, are today announcing the appointment of their new Chief Executive, Simon Wright.  The former MP for Norwich South is now joining a successful team at one of Norfolk’s rapidly growing charities.

As part of the interview process, Nelson’s Journey invited their Youth Panel to meet the shortlisted candidates, giving them the opportunity to input into the recruitment process.

Phil Kerridge, Chair of Trustees said “We are delighted that Simon is joining us as our new Chief Executive.  We were very impressed with the passion that he showed for the charity during the interview process and we feel that Simon is well placed to lead the charity forward.  Through his previous role as a teacher and most recently an MP he has gained a great level of understanding around the needs of children and young people and is motivated to ensure that those needing support receive access to this, encouraging positive outcomes for the most disadvantaged.

Simon joins Nelson’s Journey at a time when we continue to see an increase in demand for our service.  Unfortunately we have recently had to introduce a waiting list system for new referrals as our four full time Child Bereavement Support Workers are simply unable to cope with the number of new referrals that we are receiving.”

Nelson’s Journey aims to secure funding enabling them to employ additional Child Bereavement Support Workers to better meet this demand.

Simon Wright said “I am delighted to begin a new chapter with Nelson’s Journey. This is a fantastic local charity which is helping many children across the county through their most difficult times. As an MP, I heard from young people and their families who were so grateful for the help they received from Nelson’s Journey. When young people are feeling vulnerable, it is vital that they are able to get this support. Without that support, more complex mental health and behavioural issues can develop.

“Nelson’s Journey’s services are in great demand. I look forward to helping the charity achieve their vision of being able to support all bereaved children in Norfolk. My first priority will be to attempt to secure additional funding so that the high demand for child bereavement support services across Norfolk can be fully met.”

For more information about Nelson’s Journey, please visit their website at www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk.

Last modified on Thursday, 25 February 2016 18:30

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