I was fortunate to be awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship in October 2015 for travel in 2016. Fellowships are awarded by the Trust each year to enable New Zealanders to travel overseas to undertake research and meet others in their area of expertise. I travelled to the USA and UK to meet with baby loss support organisations and learn about their training of both professionals and volunteers.
In the USA, I met with staff from First Candle and Share, both national organisations providing education and support. I also met with individuals working in the area of baby loss support and information. In the UK, I met with staff from Child Bereavement UK, the Miscarriage Association, Sands UK, Cruse Bereavement, Towards Tomorrow, Lullaby Trust and Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC).
I’ll will write up a report of my trip as part of the Fellowship, and will provide a report to Sands New Zealand, looking particularly at the training of volunteers!
Photos: Vicki with Francine Bates, CEO of Lullaby Trust, and with Cheryl Titherly, Improving Bereavement Care Manager, Sands UK.