We are a Scottish charity providing baby loss counselling and peer support to families, with over 40 years’ experience of offering compassionate bereavement care in the community.
We provide baby loss counselling and peer support to bereaved families. The majority of staff are bereaved parents themselves, so through shared, lived experience, we provide compassion and support to each other and connect through our care for our families and each other. Our families are the heart of everything that we do. All our support is free, personal to each family and for as long as is needed. Our support includes counselling, one to one befriending, group support and events.
We are in a period of growth, having expanded the team from 4 to 12 over the last 6 years and most recently, extending our geographical reach from Edinburgh and the Lothians to Fife, Forth Valley and most recently the Highlands.
We are recruiting for 2 part time Hospital to Home Workers, as part of a 3 year Big Lottery funded project. The pilot project, Hospital to Home Care, will support families to transition from the hospital setting to being back in the community. Support will be offered for up to 3 months, to support and guide families in the very early days, enhancing existing community services to provide long term peer bereavement support.
We will work alongside NHS Lothian colleagues to provide a more comprehensive and cohesive transition from the hospital to home setting. By being able to offer longer term support, through the Hospital to Home Service and beyond through our befriending and counselling services, we will be able to identify emerging issues associated with complicated grief early so additional support such as counselling can be arranged. This will reduce the isolation and loneliness that bereaved parents feel, improving family’s long term mental and physical wellbeing and their ability to grieve with empathic support in place in the community.
We have fully funded a full time PhD student in partnership with Napier University. This way, we will be able to evidence the benefits that this early intervention can have. The PhD will examine the Hospital to Home service that will be offered to bereaved mothers, partners and families through their experiences during and post perinatal bereavement following baby loss up to 24 weeks.
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Tuesday 7th December 2021