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Introduction To Sandy Bear

We are still hosting Introduction to Sandy Bear sessions virtually for anyone interested in supporting us or volunteering with us!

Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/sandy-bear-childrens-bereavement-charity-76320267173

Our next sessions are:
Today – 2pm
Today – 4pm
26th Feb – 9.30am
26th Feb – 12pm

We also offer bespoke training packages to different organisations. Email training@sandybear.co.uk for more info!

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Bereavement Practitioner and Assistant Bereavement Practitioner vacancies

Swyddi am Ymarferydd Profedigaeth ac Ymarferwyr Profedigaeth Cynorthwyol

Mae Sandy Bear yn bodoli i ddarparu profedigaeth a chymorth cyn profedigaeth i blant, pobl ifanc a’u teuluoedd. Rydym yn gweithio drwy gymorth dros y ffôn ac yn berson a gyda grwpiau cymorth 1:1 y teulu a’r grwpiau cyfoedion lle bo hynny’n briodol ac mae cyllid yn caniatáu.

Ar ôl 6 blynedd fel elusen sy’n cefnogi’r Sir Benfro, rydym wedi arwain prosiectau peilot llwyddiannus yng Ngheredigion a Sir Gaerfyrddin ac yn paratoi i gyflawni ein cenhadaeth y dylai pob plentyn a pherson ifanc, ble bynnag y maent yn byw yng Nghymru, allu cael gafael ar y gefnogaeth gywir, ar yr adeg gywir.

Mae ein cyllid yn deillio o gymysgedd o grantiau a chomisiynau statudol a gwirfoddol, cefnogaeth gorfforaethol, a llawer iawn o arian sydd yn ei godi yn y gymuned ac wrth bobl unigol.

Mae Ymarferwyr Profedigaeth ac ymarferwyr Cynorthwyol yn darparu’r strwythur sy’n galluogi ein gwasanaethau i weithredu ac i gefnogi ein tîm anhygoel o wirfoddolwyr sy’n gweithio’n uniongyrchol gyda’n teuluoedd mewn gwahanol leoliadau.

Oherwydd y galw ac i gefnogi gwaith a gomisiynwyd, rydym yn chwilio am ddatganiadau o ddiddordeb ar gyfer ymarferydd profedigaeth a rôl ymarferydd cynorthwyol yn ein tîm. Rhaid i o leiaf un o’r swyddi hyn fod yn ddwyieithog oherwydd y buddiolwyr rydym yn eu cefnogi, er y byddai lefel sylfaenol o Gymraeg llafar ac ysgrifenedig yn fanteisiol i’r ddwy swydd.

Am fwy o wybodaeth, cysylltwch â Dawn neu Lee i drefnu trafodaeth anffurfiol. dawn@sandybear.co.uk neu ceo@sandybear.co.uk

Neu i gyflwyno datganiad o ddiddordeb, anfonwch eich CV a’ch llythyr ategol byr at ceo@sandybear.co.uk  Dyddiad cau: Dydd Sul 21 Ionawr 2024


Bereavement Practitioner and Assistant Bereavement Practitioner vacancies

Sandy Bear exist to provide bereavement and pre-bereavement support to children, young people, and their families. We work through telephone and face to face support, and with 1:1, family and peer group support groups where appropriate and funding allows.

After 6 years as a charity supporting those in Pembrokeshire, we have successfully led pilot projects in Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire and getting set to fulfil our mission that all children, wherever they reside in Wales, should be able to access the right support, at the right time.

Our funding is drawn from a mixture of statutory and voluntary grants and commissions, corporate support, and a huge amount of community and individual fundraising.

Bereavement Practitioners and Assistant practitioners provide the structure that enables our services to operate and to support our amazing team of volunteers who work directly with our families in different settings.

Owing to demand and to support commissioned work we are seeking expressions of interest presently for a bereavement practitioner and assistant practitioner role within our team. At least one of these posts must be bi-lingual owing to the beneficiaries we support, though a basic level of spoken and written Welsh would be advantageous for both positions.

For more information, please contact Dawn or Lee to arrange an informal discussion. dawn@sandybear.co.uk or ceo@sandybear.co.uk

Or to submit an expression of interest, please forward your CV and brief supporting letter to ceo@sandybear.co.uk

Closing date: Sunday 21st January 2024.

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Finance Officer – Part Time Vacancy

Finance Officer

Finance Officer (Part-time, flexible, 5hrs per week)

Could you be Sandy Bear’s new Finance officer? Owing to the demand for our current work and identified need across Wales, Sandy Bear have ambitious plans to grow to support more children, young people, and families cross Wales. As such, we need to ensure we are running as a finally tuned machine and that’s where you may come in.

We are seeking a part-time (5 hrs per week) Finance Officer to support us in managing our finances effectively, ensuring that every penny is accounted for and used to support our beneficiaries. You will have a strong background in accounting or book-keeping. With appropriate qualifications registrations, or demonstrable experience within a financial role.

The ability to plan, manage and navigate income, expenditure, cashflow and forecasting will form key elements of the position. With other support to include monitoring restricted funding for specific project and services. Able to monitor operational finances and support the Business support manager and CEO to ensure we always remain compliant.

Whether you are looking to reduce hours, fit around childcare or other commitments, or looking for something that has potential to develop over time, then we’d love to hear from you!

For further information or to arrange a chat about the charity or the role, please contact either Karen or Lee: karen@sandybear.co.uk , ceo@sandybear.co.uk

To apply, simply send across your CV and a supporting statement to Lee at ceo@sandybear.co.uk

Closing date for applications is: Tuesday 2nd January2024, 9am.

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Andrea – Why I became a Trustee

andrea farmerAndrea Farmer, current Treasurer of Sandy Bear, became involved with the charity at the beginning of its journey back in 2017. As part of Welsh Charities Week 2023, Andrea has share with us what it is like to be a Trustee for Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity.

“I became a Trustee back in 2017 when we were a small group championing to set Sandy Bear up as charity. I feel passionate about children and young people having the right support when they are bereaved.”

Being a Trustee is a huge responsibility and involves tasks to ensure that the charity is carry out the duties if has been set up to do. Andrea, as Treasurer is involved heavily in all aspects of the finances and ensures the running of Sandy Bear is going smoothly in the background.

“As the Treasurer, my roles involves me monitoring all aspects of banking including monitoring the income and expenditure, paying invoices, salaries and expenses as well as ensuring Sandy Bear is a safe place for people to visit by having heating and electricity. As a Trustee, I hold legal accountability for the work done by the charity and the use of its funding. To ensure everything is operating smoothly, I attend quarterly Trustee Board Meetings and the Financial Sub Committee.”

As well as completing her Treasurer duties, Andrea also helps with the charity events, both for the children and young people but also to raise vital funding.

“I enjoy all aspects of being a trustee and volunteering for Sandy Bear. To know that my role is helping children, young people and their families at such a terrible time in their lives is very rewarding. The difference that Sandy Bear makes is unbelievable.”

We are always seeking new Trustees and volunteers at Sandy Bear. If you are interested in a specific role or want to find out more about our charity, you can contact us through one of the methods below:

Trustee roles

Email of call our CEO, Lee Barnett: 07548124868 or ceo@sandybear.co.uk

Volunteering

Email of call our Volunteer Manager, Hannah Beer: 07745564532 or hannah@sandybear.co.uk

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Isobel – Why I became a Trustee

Isobel

Isobel Hall, current Chair of Sandy Bear, became involved with Sandy Bear at the beginning of their journey as a charity back in 2016. As part of Trustees Week 2023, she has shared with us what it is like to be a Trustee for Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity.

“I supported Sandy Bear when it was part of the NHS, and as I was about to retire, I thought becoming a Trustee was a worthwhile venture especially as I understood the value that this kind of work makes to children and young people’s lives as well as their families. As well as being a Trustee, because of my professional background in children’s health services, I volunteer by undertaking the parents bereavement support groups and attending events.”

Being a Trustee is a big responsibility and involves tasks to ensure that the charity is carrying out the duties it has been set up to do – supporting bereaved children and young people who have experience or are facing the loss of a loved one.

“I am currently the Chair of the Trustee Board. This role has involved me at all levels of the charity, both strategically and operationally. As a Trustee and the Chair, I hold legal accountability for the work of the charity and its use of funding. It is so exciting volunteering for such a worthwhile cause. I have been able to share my knowledge and experience as well as seeing the charity grow and make a difference to the children and young peoples’ lives. I am continuously learning new things to keep the charity operating and up to date and my role keeps me active, both physically and mentally.”

Isobel has helped to lead the Sandy Cubs’ parents/carer’s groups over the last two years and have found this opportunity truly amazing. “Children have the ability to help us grown ups learn more about ourselves. When hosting the parents/carers’ support groups, they often feel they are there just for their child to receive support despite experiencing the same loss however, the adults also have to take part in the activities and become more in touch with their own feelings too. Being in these groups and supporting them on their grief journey is always so moving and a huge privilege for anyone involved.”

Being a Trustee for Sandy Bear will provide you with continued learning, the chance to use your skills and an opportunity to support our worthy cause. We are keen to recruit more Trustees from a range of backgrounds.

We are seeking some specialist knowledge and skills across finance, fundraising, PR and marketing, legal and governance, and clinical expertise.

If you are interested in the role, or want to find our more about what our charity does, call or email our CEO, Lee Barnett: 07548124868 or ceo@sandybear.co.uk

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Lily Rice – Sandy Bear Ambassador

Lily Rice, Women’s WCMX World Champion and GB para swimmer, announced as Sandy Bear’s new ambassador.

Women’s WCMX World Champion and GB para swimmer, Lily Rice, has been announced as Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity’s new ambassador.

Lily becomes an ambassador during a period of growth for Sandy Bear who are planning to spread their in-person support across Wales over the coming years. Lily will use her role to share the importance of the bereavement support the charity offers and to inspire others to support Sandy Bear.

The 19-year-old comes from Manorbier and found her sporting name as a wheelchair, backflipping champion and more recently, in 2022, took home bronze in the Commonwealth Games held in Birmingham. She was the first person to secure a medal in swimming for Wales!

Lily says: “I’m absolutely delighted to have been asked to be an ambassador for the charity! Sandy Bear provide vital support for children and young people who are experiencing bereavement and they have a huge positive impact on those in Pembrokeshire and surrounding communities”

Lee Barnett, CEO of Sandy Bear, says: “Lily is a young person with motivation and passionate about the sports she’s involved with and an infectious zest for life. We are thrilled to have Lily as an ambassador championing our cause.”

Sandy Bear are interested in hearing from other potential high-profile ambassadors from Wales or someone with a passion for supporting bereaved children and young people. If you are interested, please contact Lee on 07548124868 or email ceo@sandybear.co.uk

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Oscar’s Story

Oscar

Oscar was referred to Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity in November 2019 following the death of his grandad, Liam. Oscar and his mum, Mairead, completed the full support programme at Sandy Bear and they talk openly about their bereavement and the support they received.

Mairead shares, “A few months after Liam’s death, we were into the Covid-19 lock down. Everything stopped.. We began to receive phone calls from the Sandy Bear team to check in on how we were. They sent us books to read to help us through the loss of Oscar’s grandad. The books provided us with activities to do together which also reminded us that we needed to talk to each other. The team were also kind and delivered Oscar Easter eggs and teddy bears during a time when he needed it most.”

Once Covid-19 restrictions began to lift, Oscar and Mairead were invited to attend their bereavement support groups.

“Oscar and I were invited to attend 6 bereavement support group sessions at Sandy Bear. I went to drop Oscar off, thinking the sessions were just for the children, but I also attended a group along with other parents and carers. I met other people there who were also ‘keeping their chins up’ to help keep their children’s chins up. We chatted, drank lots of tea, shared our stories, cried and laughed – A LOT! The children also came together who had experienced similar bereavements. They shared their stories and did different activities together and are now all very good friends.”

This year, for Oscar’s 11th birthday, he decided he wanted to do something different instead of receiving presents from his loved ones.

“Oscar is a very kind person and he has always shared. As a toddler, if he was given a treat, he would only accept it if his sister could also have a treat. For his birthday this year, he didn’t want any presents and just wanted to have fun with his friends. He knew people would still want to give him presents, so instead, he asked them not to buy anything but donate money for him to give to Sandy Bear. He is so thankful for how the team helped him and he just wanted to give them something back.”

Oscar raised £140 for Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity. He came and presented the money to the people who helped him through his grief, as well as providing them with sweet treats! Not only that, Oscar recently received the ‘Commissioner’s Commendation Award’ for his exceptional support of Sandy Bear – which was signed by Bear Grylls! – as well as his fundraising badge, at the 1st Kilgetty Scout Group.

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Welcoming New Volunteers

During the Autumn, our newest members of the volunteer and staff team are undergoing their training ahead of supporting our work with Children, Young People and families. Once training is complete, they will join our fantastic volunteers in supporting people, often at some of the most vulnerable moments. The support offered makes a huge difference to those we work with as well as their wider family and community.

If you think you have what it takes, and a little time spare to support us, then we’d love to hear from you. If you’re worried that time, or your own experience may not be enough, we have other volunteering opportunities that aren’t directly working with families in areas such as admin, fundraising, and promotional activity and events.

Drop us a call or email to have a chat about our work and what you could do to support us, equally, what could you do with us to learn new skills or gain experience. admin@sandybear.co.uk or 01437700272. Or find us on social media.

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Seeking New Trustees

Could you be our next trustee?

Sandy Bear is a charity working across Wales and working with Children, Young people and those supporting them when they are anticipating or are bereaved of someone close to them.

Trustees help us to set our strategic direction and to stay on track. They support and encourage, challenge and monitor, and keep the charity on course, working according to charity and financial regulations.

What we do:

Our work includes 1:1 work with our practitioners, peer group support groups, and offering them the skills, and ability to develop self-resilience, confidence and build positive memories.

This often leads to better educational attainment, stronger emotional resilience and better relationships with family members and friends. We also train others in how to support children who are grieving. We do this with a small staff team and many more volunteers.

Who we need:

We are keen to recruit from a cross section of people who share our values and champion our work whatever your background we’d love to hear from you.

We are also seeking some more specialist knowledge and skills across Finance, fundraising, PR and marketing, Legal and governance, and clinical expertise.

If you are interested in the role, or simply want to find out more about our amazing charity, call or email our CEO in the first instance. Lee Barnett- 07548124868 or ceo@sandybear.co.uk For general information you can find us at www.sandybear.co.uk and on social media platforms

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