Our Children’s Service is undergoing an exciting revamp, launching its new service name as CHATS ‘Children’s Holistic and Therapeutic Support’ as well as expanding the team to support even more children and young people across Birmingham.
Sally Roberts, Children’s Therapeutic Practitioner, said: “We will continue to offer free confidential, emotional support to children and young people when a loved one is living with a life-limiting illness or they have sadly died. This includes one-to-one support as well as group sessions.
“We are also excited to be launching some new pre bereavement peer support groups. Meaning children facing the loss of a loved one can now meet others going through similar circumstances which is something we have wanted to do for a long time.”
The team has also welcomed two new members, Karen Ward and Mausumi Sasaru, both joining us as Children’s Therapeutic Practitioners.
Karen Ward, previously worked at Birmingham St Mary’s for 18 years.
Speaking about her return to the newly formed Hospice Charity Partnership, Karen says: “I decided in 2019 after 18 years of service to leave Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice and do what I always advised others to do and pursue some of my dreams. (Known in my family as Granny’s Gap Year!)
It is a dream come true to be back at the hospice and to be part of the Children’s Service once more.”
“I was first employed at the hospice as a Senior Palliative Social Worker providing psycho-social and emotional support to patients, families, and children.
“I then became Bereavement Lead for the Adult and Child Bereavement service. I had previously worked for many years as a Senior Social Worker with Deaf People.
“I am committed to working with families and other professionals to help children strive to achieve their potential and to learn how to navigate the challenges life brings, particularly when a child is grieving for a loved one who is dying or has died.
“It is a dream come true to be back at the hospice and to be part of the Children’s Service once more.
“I am immensely grateful, that at this time in my career, I have been given the opportunity to continue to work directly with children, parents and carers. There are exciting times ahead for this much needed Children’s Service and I am delighted to be part of its future development.”
Mausumi, known as Mo, has been working in children’s support services for more than 10 years, she hopes to bring her wealth of experience to The Hospice Charity Partnership.
Mo adds: “I have been working with children and families in education and community services for over 10 years.
“My training and experience in supporting others with mental health, bereavement, trauma and safeguarding matters has given me a strong passion to do all that I can to help families develop ways to maintain positive wellbeing and ultimately build stronger communities together.
“When I saw the position advertised to work within the Children’s Service at The Hospice Charity Partnership, I felt that it was the perfect position for me.
“I was excited at the opportunity to work therapeutically and creatively with children as I love using different activities, games and art to express our emotions.
“I am looking forward to contributing to the wonderful work that is already taking place and helping to develop the service even further.”