Nelson's Journey

Supporting Norfolk’s bereaved children

Nelson's Journey are seeking support enabling us to employ an additional Child Bereavement Support Worker to better cope with the level of referrals of bereaved children and young people. We received 596 referrals in 2014 of children who have experienced the death of a significant person.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1065775)

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Situation

We know offering the right help at the right time gives bereaved children and young people the best chance of avoiding long-term mental and emotional health issues, which can lead to educational problems, drug and alcohol abuse and law-breaking. Our work is preventative, it costs us around £550 to support one bereaved child which is a minimal cost when you take into account future costs on society if issues have established themselves.

Solution

Our services provide opportunities for children and young people to remember the person who has died, express their emotions, talk about their feelings and meet others going through a similar experience. Frequently children tell us that they feel alone, no one understands them and they are worried about talking about the person who has died for fear of upsetting others. Other young people might be struggling so much they are self harming. Our support encourages positive outcomes.

  • "She is more confident and no longer has worries or mental blocks. Her schoolwork has improved with increased self esteem"

    — Parent

  • "Doesn't get so angry and take it out on others. Less belly aches"

    — Parent

  • "I realised that I have been taking my anger out on my family and friends and helped me realise I didn’t kill my Dad, the cancer did"

    — Young Person

  • "Doesn't get so angry and take it out on others. Less belly aches"

    — Parent

  • "She is more confident and no longer has worries or mental blocks. Her schoolwork has improved with increased self esteem"

    — Parent

  • "I realised that I have been taking my anger out on my family and friends and helped me realise I didn’t kill my Dad, the cancer did"

    — Young Person