Tuesday, 04 September 2018 00:00

Nelson’s Journey shortlisted for national award

Written by  Sophie Berry
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Nelson’s Journey shortlisted for national award

Nelson’s Journey has been shortlisted in the national Children & Young People Now Awards 2018.  The Norfolk charity has been selected as a finalist in the Charity category for their Youth Panel’s work on the Smiles & Tears smartphone app, a tool for bereaved children and young people to access following the death of a special person in their life.  

Now in their thirteenth year, the Children & Young People Now Awards have become the gold standard for everyone working with children, young people and families, recognising innovation and excellence in organisations that work with and support this age group.

Simon Wright, Chief Executive at Nelson’s Journey said “Nelson’s Journey is absolutely thrilled to be shortlisted for this prestigious national award. We’re particularly delighted that the contribution of children and young people to the development of our services has been recognised. As a charity that works to support the needs of young people, we believe that young people themselves have a vital role to play in making sure that our services are relevant. Our youth panel, made up of young volunteers, has a fantastic record of developing and delivering projects that we can offer to support bereaved children.”

The Smiles & Tears app, which was developed by Norwich based tech-company Selesti, simulates some of the proven therapeutic activities available at Nelson’s Journey, including a virtual balloon release and memory jar, while also giving users the option to send gifts to someone that’s died in the form of virtual flowers, birthday cards and even aftershave; all recommended by the Youth Panel.  The easy to use app also includes a virtual diary and emoji to help children identify how they’re feeling, when words might be difficult to find. 

The Smiles & Tears app was launched in February 2016 and has been downloaded more than 6,000 times across the world including countries such as America, Australia, Canada, as well as across Europe

The Children & Young People Now Awards 2018 ceremony takes place in London in November.

For more details about Nelson's Journey please visit www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk