Jenna Swenson, new Bereavement Practitioner at Sandy Bear

Jenna Swenson appointed new Bereavement Practitioner at Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity.

Jenna Swenson has joined the Sandy Bear team as a new Bereavement Practitioner. Jenna has joined at a vitally important time for the charity as it has launched a pilot project, funded by Welsh Government, to support children, young people and their families, in Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire, who have been bereaved through suicide.

Jenna has previously worked within educational settings for the last ten years. Her most recent post, before joining Sandy Bear, was working as a Well-being and Inclusion officer, within a Pembrokeshire school, where she supported children with additional learning needs.

This Bereavement Practitioner role has been funded by Welsh Government. This funding has stemmed from the National Bereavement Support Grant following the launch of the National Framework for the Delivery of Bereavement Care in Wales. In Pembrokeshire, over a 2-year period, Sandy Bear received 40 referrals for children and young people suffering following a death through suicide of a special person in their lives. The pilot project will support up to 16 children and young people (aged 5-18) who live in Ceredigion/Carmarthenshire who have been affected by death through suicide. This means that Sandy Bear is reaching more bereaved children and young people by working in new geographical areas.

Jenna says, “The well-being and happiness of children and young people is paramount to allow them to live healthy lives. Following my role as a Well-being an Inclusion Officer, I feel privileged to be able to support children further at Sandy Bear.”

Anita Hicks and Karen Codd, Co-Founders and Clinical Leads at Sandy Bear says. “We are delighted to have recruited Jenna into the Sandy Bear team. We are sure that her skills and bubbly personality will help her to settle into her role quickly. We would also like to thank Welsh Government who have funded this post as they are allowing us to embark on an exciting new journey for our charity.”