Sibling Co-ordinator, Laura, has been at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice for almost two years, providing vital support services to our families.
Laura’s job involves supporting the siblings of children who come to Bluebell Wood, giving them emotional support and organising fun activities and day trips.
Talking about her role, Laura says: “Working at Bluebell Wood gives me the chance to develop my role and the services we provide for children. During term-time, I visit our siblings at school, refer and signpost our children to support services. I also organise evening trips for our siblings, if that’s what they want to do, or I can visit them at home. My role is very flexible, which allows me to meet the needs of our families.
Siblings often have a lot of free time during the school holidays, so Laura organises even more of our fun activities, such as day trips to theme parks or craft workshops, for siblings.
“It’s great to see our siblings having fun and enjoying their childhood.”
Often the siblings that the hospice supports are going through extremely tough times. Laura’s role is to give them the time and space to vocalise and share anything that concerns them while their brother or sister is receiving treatment or when they have passed away.
The sibling group, which is run by Laura, also gives opportunities for siblings to meet others experiencing similar situations to themselves. Plus, the chance to let off some steam and have time being children.
“A lot of people think my job can be quite a sad role, but a lot of my time is spent giving children a chance to have fun and just to be kids. Many are surprised to learn about the services we offer, such as my role and our befriending service,” added Laura.
“Bluebell Wood is a lovely place to work, everyone is friendly and I feel proud to be part of such a great team.”