On average one person a week dies by suicide in Cumbria. Bereavement by suicide shares characteristics with other bereavements but it is also different. It can be particularly severe and traumatic, and the grieving process is often complicated and typically lasts longer than other types of bereavement.
It is estimated that every death detrimentally impacts over 30 people – family, friends, colleagues, neighbours, care workers, emergency services and so on – equating to around 1,560 people per year in Cumbria. Family and friends closest to the person lost to suicide are likely have their physical and mental health and significantly impacted for many years after the death.
Every Life Matters has secured long term funding to develop specific Suicide Bereavement Support Services in Cumbria. Our partnership based approach, consisting of a mix of newly funded and existing services, will introduce timely and appropriate support for people and communities bereaved and affected by suicide. Offering flexible interventions that change over time with the needs of the individual.
The service will be delivered via a Partnership of Every Life Matters, Child Bereavement UK, Samaritans, Cruse, SBS (formerly SOBS) and the Coroners Court Support Service. The service will integrate with Cumbria Police Real Time Alerts to ensure that people bereaved by suicide in the County are able to access support from the very early stages of their bereavement.
We are looking to recruit a Suicide Bereavement Service Co-ordinator who can deliver flexible and person centred support to individuals in the early stages of bereavement across Cumbria, to manage referrals to the service, and to ensure appropriate signposting to service partners.
Job Title: Suicide Bereavement Service Co-ordinator
Hours: Full Time – 37 hours per week
Base: Flexible – Home working or Office Based
This is an exciting opportunity for a suitably skilled individual to help shape an exciting new service in the County for those bereaved or affected by suicide. We are looking for a highly resilient individual, with relevant experience of frontline support work, who is able to support traumatised and distressed individuals, families and communities in a person centred and highly compassionate manner. And though the service will work with relatively small numbers of people its work will have a high impact.
The post holder will work widely across Cumbria and we will offer flexibility about working base – which can be either home based or office based with one of our service Partners across the County.
Closing date for applications is Monday 25th November 2019 – Interviews during week of 2nd December 2019.
If you would like to discuss the post please contact Chris Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07908 537541
This post is funded by the Lottery Community Fund.