As a Child and Family Counsellor, Angie provides guidance and emotional support; a listening ear. This can be for children, their siblings, parents and even best friends.
Bluebell Wood’s counselling support is completely person-centred, which means Angie and her team of volunteer counsellors do not give advice; instead they explore the thoughts and feelings of the family members. The sessions are open ended, so families can access them when they need.
Angie explains: “I am there to provide empathy, to be non-judgemental and be genuine in confidential, comfortable surroundings. I have huge admiration for our families; they are incredibly strong through the toughest of times and have taught me so much.”
The team also work with healthcare professionals, so they are aware of Bluebell Wood’s work and support families well when they are delivering devastating news. Angie and the team also run group workshops for bereaved families, which is a six month programme.
“I feel privileged and honoured to help families on their journey. I love my work because I know it is important to be there for those darker times in people’s lives.
“As a hospice team, we are there to make precious memories. The families are my inspiration, they are incredible.”