Meet Juliet Le Breuilly, Lead Nurse for Children and Young People’s Services
I moved to Jersey just over a year ago to join the team at Hospice that was being created to support children and young people on the island with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. Although we don’t have a specialist facility for children yet, Hospice extended its emotional and bereavement support services to children in 2017 and, just as I arrived in September 2018, our outreach services were launched.
There are many different aspects to our work although a lot of this has been temporarily suspended over the last couple of months as a result of COVID-19.
Prior to lockdown and our families needing to shield, we held a Tots and Toys session every Tuesday for children aged 0-5 who have a life-limiting condition, and their families. This includes parents, carers, and siblings who can enjoy time out of the home where they and their children are cared for by our specialist team. Play is a really important part of early childhood development and our Play Therapist works closely with children and their families.
We also worked in the community often in the homes of those who receive our care. This might be by providing respite care so that parents can have some time together or to spend time with other siblings while knowing that their child is being cared for by a specialist nurse. Even during these challenging times, we continue to stay in touch by telephone with the families we support, and we continue to work closely with other care professionals, providing advice and education to ensure a holistic approach to the care we and others provide across the island.
Over the last year, it has been a real privilege to work with families who let me and my colleagues into their lives. Working together, we are able to make a genuine difference to the experience they have particularly during times of crisis or when facing an uncertain future. We can’t change the reality of what each child and their family are facing, but our families tell us over and over again how much they appreciate the choices we are able to provide through the support, care, and expertise offered.
In order to protect the privacy of those we care for, I can’t share with you how many families we are currently supporting. But Hospice cares for over 1,000 islanders a year, either at Hospice or in the community, and this includes those who access our children’s and young people’s services as well as the emotional and bereavement support we offer to children and young people who have lost a parent, grandparent, sibling or friend.
I know that there are so many great charities that need support so, on behalf of everyone at Jersey Hospice Care, I just wanted to say “thank you” to those who have supported Hospice and the work that we do to care for these children, young people, and their families. If you’re thinking about which charity to support this year, then perhaps you might consider Hospice – every gift really does make a difference to every person we care for whether adult or child. And we couldn’t do what we do without you.
Find out more about how you can support Jersey Hospice Care
at www.jerseyhospicecare.com or give us a call on 876555.