Published on: Thursday 16 Aug 2018 at 12:20
St Clare names Children, Young People & Family Bereavement Service after public vote
We are delighted to announce that we have chosen a name for our Children, Young People & Family Bereavement Service following a naming competition and public vote. After much deliberation and consultation, the final name chosen was the Echo Counselling Service.
Throughout the course of May and June 2018 we hosted a competition offering supporters the opportunity suggest names for our Children, Young People & Family Bereavement Service. Encouraging supporters to send in their ideas via email, we were met with over 30 suggestions for names!
After a poll on social media platforms Facebook and Twitter, which saw more than 50 people cast their votes, and consultation amongst staff and service users, a name was finally chosen on Tuesday 10th July 2018.
You may remember that we officially launched our dedicated bereavement service for children, young people and families in June 2017 following the receipt of a major grant from BBC Children in Need. The specialist service has since supported over 30 families, providing a range of support to patient’s relatives and loved ones who are under the age of 18 years. The service offers both one-to-one and group counselling to children, young people and families. Additional services include therapeutic workshops and family workshops.
St Clare Hospice’s Patient and Family Support team Manager, Joanna Petts, explained: “We needed a short, catchy project name that encapsulated the whole service and the support we offer to children, young people, families and schools – supporting them to face death, dying and loss. By giving our service a relatable name, we hope to encourage more young people to find out more about it and to feel empowered in accessing the vital support we offer.”
Commenting on the chosen name for the service, Echo Counselling Service, Joanna Petts said: “The outcome of the online vote, and the input of staff and young clients here at the Hospice, were integral in choosing a name for the service. One young person who voted for the name ‘Echo’ told us that they could relate to the name because counselling had provided them with an opportunity for beneficial self-reflection, echoing back their thoughts and emotions by talking to a therapist, and the fact that the impact of losing their loved one would echo with them down through the years at different milestones in their life.”