The Echo Project

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The Echo Project is for children, young people & families facing loss and bereavement. It is available to any child or young person under the age of 21 years, living in West Essex and East Herts, who is facing a loss or who has been bereaved.
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Coronavirus update:

Counselling Service

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are continuing to offer individual support to children and young people who are bereaved or living with an adult with a serious illness. This is presently offered via a video-conferencing platform until face to face sessions can resume either within school or at the Hospice.

Support for schools

We are currently offering presentations for teachers and education professionals using a video-conferencing platform, to provide an insight in to how children experience bereavement.

If you would like to refer a child or young person, or would like more information about how we can support educational professionals, please contact contact Sara Nicholson, Children, Young People and Family Therapist, on sara.nicholson@stclarehospice.org.uk or phone 01279 773 762.


The Echo Project – Supporting young people facing loss

The Echo Project is run by a team of Children, Young People and Family Therapists and offers a range of support to children and young people under the age of 21 years who are facing a loss or have experienced a bereavement. It is for all those living in West Essex and East Hertfordshire and no previous connection with St Clare Hospice is required.

The Echo Project offers:

  • Support through facing an illness
  • Bereavement support
  • Training for parents, carers and schools

For more information on the Echo Project please contact Sara Nicholson, Children, Young People and Family Therapist, on sara.nicholson@stclarehospice.org.uk


Support throughout facing an illness

When you, or someone close, receives a diagnosis of a life-limiting or terminal illness, it can be an extremely worrying time for all the family. For children and young people, it can be even more confusing and difficult during the period of growing up. That’s why the Echo Project is here to help throughout your family’s entire journey.

We can offer the following support for young people who have a family member or loved one facing a life-limiting or terminal illness:

  • One-to-one therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Group workshops

Bereavement support

The Echo Project is here to support families throughout their entire journey.

We offer specialised support for children and young people who are struggling with grief and loss:

  • One-to-one bereavement therapy – using methods such as art, play, music, drama and memory work
  • Bereavement groups – offering a space to meet other young people experiencing loss
  • Family therapy

Workshops and training for parents, carers and schools

Parent & Caregiver Workshop

This provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to understand the grieving process and associated behaviours that children and young people within the family may display after a bereavement. With a focus on supporting the young person within the family, these workshops also offer a space for parents and caregivers to connect with each other and form a supportive network amongst themselves.

Training for Teachers and Staff in Schools

We deliver training to teachers and staff in schools around the impact that bereavement can have on children and young people. Exploring behaviours linked with grief that may be exhibited at school, this training aims to equip teachers and school staff with the tools they need to help support young people and build resilience within their organisations.

This service is open to schools within West Essex and East Hertfordshire, and no previous connection with St Clare Hospice is required.


Here for everyone

The Echo Project is also developing an Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy service for young people who may have limited capacity to express their feelings verbally – such as those diagnosed with autism or additional needs. We are currently training a support dog to help deliver this service – please stay tuned for more updates!


Get in touch

For more information on the Echo Project please contact Sara Nicholson, Children, Young People and Family Therapist, on sara.nicholson@stclarehospice.org.uk


Resources

These resources are free to download and are to support people on a range of issues and questions that children may have around death, dying and loss.

Talking to children about death and dying

A Guide: How to talk to children about death and dying

This is a guide designed to offer support to adults to help them feel more comfortable to approach the subject of death and dying and engage in meaningful conversations with their children.

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Infographic: How to talk to kids about death and dying

This infographic provides bitesize information about having a conversation about death with kids and is designed to provide useful pointers for parents and guardians.

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Get in touch

If you’d like to find out more about how The Echo Project could be helpful to you, your school or a loved one, please get in touch.

Call us on 01279 773762

Email us at patients@stclarehospice.org.uk 


Thanks to Children in Need! The Echo Project has been kindly funded by BBC Children in Need.