'Focus On' Macmillan in Worcestershire

'Focus On' Macmillan in Worcestershire is here!  Each month we'll be telling you about a service which Macmillan in Worcestershire has been able to provide for people affected by cancer thanks to the amazing fundraising you've done across the county.
We kick off 2014 with Jenni Smith, our Macmillan Children and Young People's Practitioner for the Redditch and Bromsgrove area.

Jenni is a Macmillan funded professional based at Primrose Hospice, and along with a team of volunteers supports pre bereaved and bereaved children and young people across the Redditch and Bromsgrove areas. The Hospice also provides counselling and family support for adults, complementary therapy, a Day Hospice and carers at home as well as a Citizen's Advice Bureau worker.

The support that Jenni offers is about being there for the emotional needs of patients and their families as well as offering practical help. She also supports schools and gives help post bereavement in addition to providing family and one to one sessions. Working in partnership with a wide variety of people including her team of volunteers, local schools, Primrose Hospice itself and Macmillan Nurses means that Jenni's role touches many.

Although this can be challenging at times, it can also bring great rewards in terms of knowing how much difference her and her team's support can make to others. Being a brand new role and having the freedom to develop it generically with support from Macmillan and Primrose Hospice makes it even more fulfilling too.

Jenni says; ‘I was obviously aware of Macmillan before becoming a Macmillan Professional, like many though, I hadn't realised the scope of their work and the variety of professional roles which they fund. To me, as for many others, Macmillan meant nurses, coffee mornings and sponsorship, but I have since discovered, Macmillan is this and so much more. I feel privileged to be working for two organisations that have, and continue to, touch so many.’

Jenni's help has made so much difference to the young people with whom she works. Being able to offer understanding and support when they need it most is invaluable. Providing a listening ear, allowing children to be honest and open and giving them the opportunity to talk to someone outside the family is so important and means so much.

Cancer is the toughest fight that many of us can face, that’s why it is important that the right team is in place to give appropriate support every step of the way. If you have questions about cancer visit www.macmillan.org.uk or call 0808 808 00 00.