Thursday, 12 May 2016

"Working for a charity is not what you think it might be" said Laureen Hemming, the Counselling and Bereavement Support Services Team Leader at Peace Hospice Care.

At Peace Hospice Care there are around 140 full and part time staff and approximately 600 volunteers covering all aspects of our work.

Laureen Hemming has provided us with an insight into working at the Hospice:

"I came to work at the Hospice in 2015 as there was a need for a Counselling and Bereavement Support Services Team Leader, where I joined a team of 5 counsellors and 16 volunteers. The service cares for two groups of people: individuals and their families that are struggling to come to terms with their life-limiting illness; and individuals that are bereaved. 

"I am the first point of contact for many people accessing our service, which is a big responsibility. Many of the people I talk to are very emotional and vulnerable; they all face different hardships. Some may be facing homelessness as their rent agreement was in the name of the person who died. Some of the people we help were carers, however when the person they were caring for dies it leaves a hole in their lives. It's important to remember that death leaves a scar and each individual heals differently.

"As a charity we are reliant on the good will of others to maintain the funding needed to run the Hospice and our free specialist services. All of the staff working in the Hospice don't just work for their individual departments, we all do our best contribute to the fundraising element of the charity too.

"Although fund raising is always a challenge for charities, I am a big believer in collaboration. I've always believed that the best way to advance care is to collaborate with other organisations. At Peace Hospice Care we pioneer this in various ways. We are part of the Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire bereavement alliance, which meets regularly to share professional experiences. Additionally, alongside The Hospice of St. Francis, I run courses for healthcare professionals across Hertfordshire."

There are a variety of vacancies at Peace Hospice Care. For more information please visit their website or call 01923 330 330.