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Sandy Bear named Port of Milford Haven’s Charitable Cause of the Year

Sandy Bear named Port of Milford Haven’s Charitable Cause of the Year

Staff at the Port of Milford Haven have chosen Sandy Bear Childrens Bereavement Charity to be their official charitable cause of the year throughout 2021. Each year employees vote for a Pembrokeshire-based charity to receive both financial and in-kind support for twelve months.

Ceri Crichton, Charity Development Lead for Sandy Bear is delighted with the news, commenting “We want to thank the team at the Port of Milford Haven for voting for Sandy Bear and the children and young people that we support. Through this partnership, we will be able to make a positive difference to their lives following a significant bereavement. We very much look forward to our partnership and working with the Port team…it will be an exciting year”.

Lauren Williams, Community Engagement Assistant at the Port, is looking forward to working with the charity over the coming year. She said “Sandy Bear provides such an important service to those affected by bereavement so we’re really pleased that we’ll be able to help them, whether that’s financially or through fundraising and volunteering activities.”

Last year, Get The Boys A Lift, a mental health charity based in Haverfordwest, received over £16,000 from the Port as a result of donations and a range of fundraising activities including a challenge to run, walk, row or cycle 6,140 nautical miles – the same distance that an LNG ship travels from Qatar to Milford Haven.

New Charity Support Manager at Sandy Bear, funded by BBC Children in Need

Louise Rigby Williams has recently been welcomed into the Sandy Bear team as new Charity Support Manager. Louise joins at an important time for Sandy Bear to support the charity as it continues to work with the challenges presented by Covid-19. Louise will support the day-to-day running of Sandy Bear communications, event management and strategic development.

Louise brings with her significant organisational experience having delivered projects for a range of private, public and charity sector organisations over the past 15 years. Most recently, she spent 6 years working as a Project Manager at Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum, providing support and guidance for the development of the Welsh marine energy sector. Louise is also experienced at, and loves working with young people, having taught Geography and French in a Pembrokeshire secondary school.

 The role of Charity Support Manager has been newly created following the successful application by Sandy Bear to BBC Children in Need’s Covid-19 Next Steps funding programme, resulting in an award of £53k to increase staff resources at the charity.

Louise says “I am passionate about working on projects which make a difference. I am delighted to be working for Sandy Bear and feel privileged to be part of an experienced team providing such a valuable service”.

Ceri Crichton, Charity Development Lead at Sandy Bear states that “We are delighted to welcome Louise to the team and look forward to working alongside her in the next stage of our charity development. We thank BBC Children in Need who have fully funded this position to ensure that we can be there for bereaved children, young people and families within Pembrokeshire”.

Meleri Jones, Wales Regional Officer, BBC Children in Need commented: “BBC Children in Need is committed to improving the lives of those children and young people who need it most by supporting projects like this which work locally to make real and lasting changes to young lives.”

Sandy Bear House needs you this Christmas!

Can you support Sandy Bear House to continue to be there for bereaved children, young people and their families?

Christmas is magical experience but for many of our children and their families, following a bereavement, it can be a time of apprehension and anxiety.

Without the support of our fantastic community, Sandy Bear House would not exist – a warm and welcoming place created solely in mind for children and young people.

Can you support Sandy Bear House to ensure we are there for children and young people through the most challenging times?

Sandy Bear House means the team at Sandy Bear – Anita, Karen, Anneline and Ceri – have the privilege of working with lots of very special children and young people who are facing the most difficult circumstances, providing them with the knowledge and skills they need to manage a new life without their special loved one.

Sandy Bear House is where we train our dedicated group of volunteers who give freely of their time.

Our ratio of volunteers is 1 volunteer per 2 children in each group and each volunteer commits to 6 sessions with the same children over the course of several months.

It costs £45 a day to be there for those children and young people and your support will mean a world of difference.

Even though our Christmas plans have affected by Covid-19, we are still determined to make a world of difference to bereaved children and young people with your support.

Sandy Bear House is a safe space for children to talk about their worries, fears and hopes and a place where they can smile again.

Please help us to be there for them by donating to support Sandy Bear House!

You can do so via the donate button on our website or on our Facebook page

Thank you so much!

National Grief Awareness Week 2 – 8 Dec

Following on from Children’s Grief Awareness Week, the 2nd – 8th December marks National Grief Awareness Week, designed to break taboos and to normalise discussion around grief. The week will also provide guidance on what to say and what to do to help the bereaved.

 Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity will be spending this week sharing our insights into childhood and adolescent bereavement on Facebook and Twitter and highlighting useful resources we use (that you can access) to support your family and friends.

 You can contact us for information and advice on 01437 700272 directly if you live in Pembrokeshire and have concerns about a bereaved child or visit the National Grief Awareness Week website for signposting to relevant organisations.

Children’s Grief Awareness Week

One child in every UK classroom under the age of 16 has been bereaved of a parent of sibling. In Pembrokeshire, it is estimated that 520 school aged children are bereaved of a parent or sibling.

The 19th November 2020 is Children’s Grief Awareness Day, a day designed to help us all become more aware of the needs of grieving children — and of the benefits they obtain through the support of others. Children’s Grief Awareness Day is an opportunity to make sure that grieving children receive the support they need.

It marks the start of Children’s Grief Awareness Week 2020, now in its sixth year and founded by leading childhood bereavement charity Grief Encounter. It is designed to raise awareness of bereaved children and young people in the UK, and how providing those affected with free, professional support can make the world of difference to their future.

Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity will show our solidarity with grieving children, young people and their families in our community; raising awareness of their needs and how to help.

We are spending the week highlighting the importance of recognising the importance of listening to children and young people during bereavement, sharing resources around challenging conversations and how to plan for your children in the event of your death.

Join us on social media this week to learn how you can keep talking to ensure that the child’s voice is clearly heard and understood.

2020 Movement for Good awards – please nominate us!

Church Matters with Ecclesiastical have launched their Movement For Good Awards 2020, where you can nominate a charity to receive a £1,000 donation – please would you take the time to nominate us and help us to support bereaved children and young people?

Our charity number is 1187011 (you will need to enter this on the voting form).

Website: https://www.ecclesiastical.com/movement-for-good/

 

Thank You, Project Linus UK!

‘It is our mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need’ Project Linus UK has made over 400,000 quilts since 2000!

A big thank you to Project Linus Volunteers for the stunning quilts you lovingly make for our children. We know that many still have their quilts into adulthood.

Here is Judith Johnson from Project Linus providing us with her beautiful hand made treasures.

Assistant Bereavement Practitioner

Anneline Rogers appointed as new Assistant Bereavement Practitioner at Sandy Bear, funded by BBC Children in Need and Pembrokeshire County Council

Anneline Rogers has recently been welcomed into the Sandy Bear team as a new Assistant Bereavement Practitioner. Anneline joins at an important time for Sandy Bear to support the increased demand for services due to the challenges presented by Covid 19. Anneline will be working directly with children and young people who have lost a significant loved one.

Prior to her new role, Anneline worked and volunteered in various roles including children’s advocacy, mental health and most recently, in domestic violence. Her experience covers being first point of contact for sudden and often traumatic death and has involved supporting bereaved families in the early stages of their grief journey. In addition, Anneline volunteered at a Romanian orphanage where young children and teenagers had all suffered the trauma of abuse as well as the loss of one or both parents through abandonment or bereavement.

The role of Assistant Bereavement Practitioner has been newly created following the successful application by Sandy Bear to BBC Children in Need’s Covid-19 Next Steps funding programme, resulting in an award of £53k to increase staff resources at the charity. This role is further funded by Pembrokeshire County Council who provided 50% match funding for the role.

Anneline says “I’m really excited and humbled to be part of this wonderful charity supporting bereaved children in Pembrokeshire. I have always strived to help and support people and in particular children. I have a lot of skills to bring to the charity which include holding therapeutic emotional support sessions for children to help build on their own emotional health and resilience.”

Isobel Hall chair of Sandy Bear states that “We are very fortunate to have recruited Anneline to our team and I’m sure she will be a valuable team member. We also would like to thank both BBC Children in Need and Pembrokeshire County Council who have joint-funded this post so that we can reach out to more children within our county”.

Meleri Jones, Wales Regional Officer, BBC Children in Need commented: “BBC Children in Need is committed to improving the lives of those children and young people who need it most by supporting projects like this which work locally to make real and lasting changes to young lives.”

Sandy Bear AGM

Our trustees volunteer their time to ensure that we are right on track to support children, young people and their families through the loss of a significant loved one.

A big thank you to all of them in #TrusteesWeek from #teamsandybear, you have been an amazing support to us (and long may it continue).

Here they are at our recent AGM – you can find out more about out trustees at https://www.sandybear.co.uk/about/board-of-trustees