LOCAL BUSINESSES ARE IMPORTANT TO US

We are fortunate to be supported by a number of local businesses who wish to give something back to the local community.  Support ranges from employee volunteering to office fundraising and donation of products.

Our most recent corporate supporter is Capron and Helliwell Solicitors have chosen us as their Charity of the Year for 2017.

The local Solicitors, with offices In Stalham and Wroxham said “Members of staff put forward proposals for the firm’s charity of the year 2017.  The firm then organised a vote and Nelson’s Journey got the most votes making them the firm’s charity of the year for this year.”

They are busy organising a year full of different events and fundraisers, starting with a Family Fun Bingo Night at Stalham Town Hall on Saturday 25th March followed by a Summer Fete at Stalham Office on Saturday 26th August.

Including staff in choosing which local charity to support and fundraising initiatives is a great way to motivate and bring together a staff team.  Having the opportunity to feel that you are doing something rewarding is a great feeling. We look forward to working with all of our corporate supporters in 2017.

For further about Capron & Helliwell you can visit : www.capronandhelliwell.co.uk

WE ARE CROWDFUNDING

This week, our first Crowdfunding project has gone live!  We have until 9:30am on the 6th March to raise £5,000 to support a project providing the bereaved children and young people that we support with a means to share their experiences of the challenges they have faced, helping to break down barriers for others in a similar situation.

We are currently 34% of the way towards our target, can you help us get closer? Make a donation here http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/diary-of-bereaved-children-in-norfolk

 

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR BEREAVED CHILD NEEDS SUPPORT?

Many adults contact us to ask how they can recognise when a child or young person may need some support from Nelson’s Journey. With this in mind, here are some of the key indicators that your child may benefit from further support following a bereavement:

– Changes to appetite or sleep pattern e.g. nightmares

– Outbursts of anger or physical aggression

– Not wanting to talk about their feelings or the person who has died

– High levels of anxiety – worries or fears, often about death and dying but the anxiety can also often seem entirely unrelated to the bereavement.

-Regular physical symptoms such as tummy aches or headaches

-In younger children, signs of regression such as bedwetting or separation anxiety

The most important factor to consider in deciding if a child may benefit from additional support is if there has been a significant change in their behaviour over a prolonged period of time and that this change has occurred since the death of their loved one. If in doubt, you can always contact our team to talk through your concerns on 01603 431788.

BUNS OF FUN AT NJ CLUBS

Earlier this year we were visited by the lovely Emma Thorburn from Buns of Fun Bakery. She wanted to use her skills in bakery to help bring back smiles to children affected by the death of a special person in their lives.

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TIP OF THE ICEBERG

We are always looking at ways of supporting children through their feelings. Sometimes children can find it really difficult to even know themselves what they are feeling and why. Our Child Bereavement Support Workers use an activity to help young people understand where these feelings could come from and how to deal with them.

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UNDER 6s DAY AT TOTS TOWN

Nelson’s Journey held an activity day for a group of children aged 2-6 years at Tots Town in October. Each child attended the day to remember a special person in their lives that has died. The children took part in a range of activities to help them remember and to support them as they grow. They also had an amazing time playing in Tots Town, with an abundance of hairstyling, building, cake making and shoe buying going on!

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SUPPORTING YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE BEREAVED BY SUICIDE

Today marks World Suicide Prevention Day, raising awareness in order to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent people taking their own lives.

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