There are a diverse range of roles within Jersey Hospice Care offering support to our patients and their families. To give you an insight into what we do, here we spend five minutes with a member of our team to find out more.
Today we're chatting to Mary Le Hegarat, Counselling and Emotional Support Counsellor, Community Bereavement Service.
When did you start at Jersey Hospice Care?
I started at Jersey Hospice as a volunteer bereavement support worker, supporting children and adults in 2009 with the Community Bereavement Team. In May 2015, I was appointed as a counsellor and employed to support children and adults for emotional support and bereavement.
How do you make a difference?
Being an Accredited Counsellor, I am able to offer specialised counselling and offering compassionate care by supporting adult patients of Jersey Hospice Care, their family members including children and young people, to come to terms with a diagnosis of a life limiting condition.
I also support the community of Jersey of any age, to manage the impact of bereavement at any time in their lives, that is interfering with their daily functioning.
Part of my current role is to support the Children and Young People team to provide counselling support to siblings and family members who have a child in the family with a life limiting and life threatening conditions.
What did you do before you worked here?
I was working in childcare for the last 16 years previous to this role as an Early Years Practitioner and Line Manager in Day Care Nurseries.
What are your plans for the next six months?
Finish my Diploma in Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychotherapy and Counselling Supervision at the end of November. Our bi-annual six week bereavement adult support group ‘Looking Back Moving Forward’ will be starting again at the beginning of the year. We will also be raising awareness in the community about our services through talks and promotional stands.
What do you enjoy most working for Jersey Hospice Care?
Having the privilege to meet and spend time with others, either staff, volunteers, patients, families and clients of all ages. I feel grateful to have an opportunity to do this work that I feel passionate about.
What do you do in your free time?
I practice yoga on a regular basis either at home or with others, best has been outside yoga classes this summer. I enjoy walking anywhere, but I love a good cliff path!! I also love having an opportunity to travel abroad. Plus drinking coffee!