We are delighted to welcome three new Brain Tumour Support Workers to our team.
Dorset and Hampshire
Since qualifying as a children’s nurse in 2005, Matt has been employed by a number of prominent charities and organisations in the health and social care sectors. He has acquired significant experience and qualifications in education, health, palliative, hospice and neurological services. Matt was previously a UK support and advocacy officer for families affected by a group of rare neurodegenerative diseases. He has specialised in working with children, young people and families impacted by life-limiting conditions and complex needs for over 20 years.
“It is a privilege to be joining the fantastic team at Brain Tumour Support, an organisation that truly focuses on the provision of support and understands the importance of adopting a holistic approach to this;” said Matt “I hope my many years as a children’s nurse, alongside other related roles, will enable me to continue the excellent work of my predecessors and contribute to further developing our support services across Dorset and Hampshire.”
Cornwall and Plymouth
Julie managed a nursery for eight years, when she received a brain tumour diagnosis. Looking for support she came across Brain Tumour Support.
“The charity was invaluable to me and my family,” said Julie. “We no longer felt alone.” To give something back, Julie became a volunteer and helped at the Truro support group before becoming the Brain Tumour Support Worker for Devon and Cornwall in 2014. She held this post for three years and during this time also trained to become a counsellor.
“I am looking forward to returning temporarily to Brain Tumour Support, supporting those affected by a brain tumour," said Julie "I hope my own personal experience, local knowledge, compassion and passion will help those who require support in Cornwall and Plymouth.”
Warwickshire and Worcestershire
Since early 2000, Claire has worked in the training sector, in childcare, health and social care and employability. She went on to coach and mentor in this field, a role which she found really rewarding. In 2016 she followed her passion and became self-employed as a professional wedding photographer, which she loves. She has enjoyed volunteering for various charities including her local hospice.
“A few years ago my Dad was diagnosed with a brain tumour,” said Claire. “I understand the devastation this causes. I now feel really privileged to be part of a wonderful team, supporting others through difficult times.”