Volunteer to directly support our children and their families.

The support given by our 1:1 Bereavement Volunteers is invaluable and helps us to support as many families as possible. We recruit for this role in spring and autumn each year. Check the opportunities page for the latest volunteer vacancies. 

Our current 1:1 Bereavement Volunteer team: 

Andy Poxon 1:1 Bereavement Volunteer (Newark)

Andy is a BSc Humanistic and Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy student at the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute (SPTI). He also volunteers at our Peer Support Group.

Claire Eastman 1:1 Volunteer Play Therapist (Rushcliffe) 

Claire is a qualified play therapist, having completed her diploma at Leeds Beckett University in 2022. She also has over 15 years’ experience in education and another 11 years’ experience providing careers guidance for teenagers. 

Debbie Clarke 1:1 Volunteer Support Worker (Bassetlaw)

Debbie has over 30 years’ experience in primary education, including experience supporting children with neurodiversity. She works part time as a mentor for trainee teachers.

Emma Hughes 1:1 Bereavement Volunteer (Bassetlaw)

Emma is a Level 4 Therapeutic Counselling student at ATTFE. She brings a wealth of experience from the housing sector and prison service. She also has voluntary experience with vulnerable women. 

Emma Murden 1:1 Bereavement Volunteer (Nottingham) 

Emma is a Level 4 Therapeutic Counselling student at Counselling Training the Midlands (CTTM). She has experience with supporting people with brain injury and is a qualified Level 3 teaching assistant, specialising in Special Educational Needs (SEN).

Jackie Slaney 1:1 Volunteer Support Worker (Mansfield)

Jackie has 15 years’ experience in primary education. She is also a Counsellor for NSPCC Childline and a school reading volunteer.

Martin Biddle 1:1 Volunteer Counsellor (Nottingham and online)

Martin is a qualified Counsellor with a MSc Integrative Psychotherapy from the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute (SPTI). He is also a Counsellor at a local university.

Nic Haywood 1:1 Bereavement Volunteer (Newark) 

Nic is a BSc Humanistic and Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy student at the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute (SPTI). For over 25 years she has worked for the NHS as paramedic. 

Nick Bealing 1:1 Bereavement Volunteer (Newark)

Nick is a BSc Humanistic and Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy student at the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute (SPTI). He also runs a project that provides cinema trips for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN). 

Pauline Doughty 1:1 Volunteer Support Worker (Sutton in Ashfield)

Pauline is a qualified Youth Worker with many years of experience. She has also volunteered at multiple CBC bereavement residentials. 

Rosie Baker 1:1 Volunteer Counsellor (Newark)

Rosie is a qualified Art Therapist with MA Art Psychotherapy from Leeds Beckett University. She has experience as a Teaching Assistant and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher. She has also has experience as a volunteer in hospital and SEND school settings. 

Samantha Martin 1:1 Bereavement Volunteer (Mansfield)

Samantha is a Level 4 Counselling student at ATTFE. She has a BSc Social Psychology from Open University and has voluntary experience in schools.

Stacey Perry 1:1 Bereavement Volunteer (Mansfield) 

Stacey is a Level 4 Therapeutic Counselling student at Counselling Training the Midlands (CTTM). She has experience supporting survivors of abuse, children in care and families in the community.

Steph Barratt 1:1 Volunteer Play Therapist (Rushcliffe) 

Stephanie is a post-graduate student with Play Therapy UK (PTUK) and Leeds Beckett University. She is working towards achieving her PG Cert in Therapeutic Play Skills, with the aim of becoming a children’s play therapist.  She has been working as a qualified primary school teacher for six years, and before that she worked closely with several families as a nanny.