New service aims to provide help

By Tristan Harris Friday 06 December 2013 Updated: 06/12 11:21

A BRAND new service has been launched in North Worcestershire to help children and young people under the age of 18 if a loved one has been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.

The Primrose Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support are working in partnership to provide the relevant support.

Jenni Smith was appointed as the first Macmillan children and young people's practitioner at Primrose Hospice earlier this year.

She has been working with young people and their families to assess and support the emotional, social and practical needs of families both before and after the death of a loved one.

She helps with the grieving process, providing support and coping strategies.

Jenni said: "It’s often very difficult for children and young people to deal with their emotions when someone they love is diagnosed with cancer, it can make the future very uncertain for them and can feel quite isolating.

"I work with them so they don’t feel they have to face it alone and it’s great when I am told by a child or their parent that an activity we did or conversation we had has helped them."

Jenni has also been doing work with local schools across Redditch and Bromsgrove to ensure schools and children feel supported with bereavement, as well as offering training and guidance.

For more information about the Macmillan Children and Young People's Practitioner scheme, call 01527 889799.

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