I have recently joined the team as a new Support Officer for Harmless.
I have a background as a support worker specialising in working with survivors of domestic abuse.
It’s an unusual time to start a new role but what has been clear from my first day is that keeping the service available for people in need during these unsettling times has been the priority for all staff. I’d also like to say thank you to the team as they helped me settle in and answered my many questions!
I believe that being open and talking about how you are feeling can be hugely beneficial to anyone struggling with their mental health, however I also believe we live in a society that does not make it easy for people to do so. Breaking boundaries and challenging stereotypes is a start to helping people and letting others know they are not alone.
I joined Harmless because I really admire the work they do and the beliefs of the organisation. I like the saying ‘be who you needed when you were younger’ and feel proud to work for an organisation supporting people in need and challenging the stigma around self harm and suicide.
I am looking forward to working for Harmless and offering practical and emotional support to people in need.”
“After an exciting career in the fashion industry, I began to feel unfulfilled and wanted to do something more worthwhile with my life. Going back to university to study Sociology and Healing Arts, I entered a new phase of my life supporting students in higher education in Welfare (University of Nottingham) and Specialist Mentoring roles (University of Derby) which lead me naturally into re-training as an Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist (BACP). My approach has a firm person-centered foundation and I apply Attachment and CBT based interventions in a creative and client directed way with a strong compassion focused emphasis. I adore what I do.
Joining the Harmless team at beginning of November, I felt almost immediately at home within an environment where the standard of care and support for the client is paramount but also where the support of colleagues and the value placed on teamwork is profound. Harmless and The Tomorrow Project are a team who are deeply committed to quality of service provision, best practice and a positive contribution to the field of self-harm support and suicide prevention nationally. I feel immensely proud to be part of the team. I also feel inspired by the courage of our clients every day.
Being the mother of two wonderful young people, I am conscious of the immense societal pressures on the individual to behave, perform and present themselves in specific ways which can be immensely damaging to self-esteem and the individual’s sense of hope for the future. It is a privilege to accompanying our clients’ in their journey towards a more hopeful future.
In order to stay positive, I practice mindfulness and do lots of running and walking in beautiful green spaces 😊”
Harmless are pleased to offer this exciting opportunities to join our passionate team and help us save lives. We are looking for dynamic individuals, who are willing to develop their skills; work outside the box and challenge themselves.
We are currently recruiting for a Suicide Bereavement Support Officer to join our team.
There is no set deadline for the Suicide Bereavement Support Officer role and we will be interviewing periodically. Once this position has been filled we will no longer be accepting applications, therefore applying early is advised.
Up to 37.5 hours per week
(Both part time and full time available)
Up to £21,819 per annum, pro rata
(Depending on experience)
Please note: Work as part of this role will take place across Nottinghamshire & Leicestershire, therefore driving will be a necessary part of the role applicants will need to hold a valid driver’s license and have access to a car to be able to undertake the position.
“Harmless and The Tomorrow Project continue to monitor the Coronavirus situation and we want to reassure you that we are working hard behind the scenes so that you can keep accessing ongoing support with minimal impact.
Although we are being proactive as an organisation, it is important to acknowledge that we anticipate there will be some disruption to our services in the future. We cannot confirm what they are at this stage, but we continue to be guided by Government, Public Health England and our closest colleagues in the healthcare profession. For now, most face to-face services remain open and you can continue to access support as you do now.
The health and safety of our clients and staff remain at the forefront of all our decisions. We have increased our cleaning regimes of support spaces and waiting areas, particularly for those that come in to physical contact regularly by other clients and our team members. In addition, we have made the following decisions:
Firstly, we are taking steps to reduce the number of people in our waiting reception area. Until further notice, people attending support sessions will not be able to bring anyone with them to unless you are a parent who needs to bring a minor or a minor who comes with a parent.
Secondly, Crisis Cafe and Drop-In sessions will be suspended with immediate effect. Email support will continue but remains limited in terms of response time and support capability.
We are also in the process of contacting clients currently in receipt of support to complete an additional form as we prepare for the possibility of having to provide support remotely. Although we do not expect to do this right now, we are exploring all possible support options for our clients. In addition, we will use the information you provide to contact you should there be any sudden changes to our services that may affect you.
Finally, we want to take this opportunity to reassure you that Harmless and The Tomorrow Project remain fully committed to providing ongoing support to everyone who relies on our services. Regardless of the barriers and challenges we may face in the upcoming weeks; we will work tirelessly to overcome them wherever possible and continue to provide the vital services we deliver.
I started work with Harmless in September 2019 whilst working towards a Level 4 diploma in therapeutic counselling. I was drawn to Harmless because of their passion and commitment in helping people in often the most difficult times of their lives.
During my time at Harmless I have been amazed by the bravery of the clients to tell their story and reach out for help, but equally overwhelmed by the dedication of the staff at Harmless and The Tomorrow Project.
My style is person-centred. Endeavouring to build genuine relationships by listening without judgement, showing empathy, compassion and understanding.
I come with a varied background, HR Consultancy and Youth Work including running a youth camp in South Wales for 7 years. Prior to working with Harmless I worked for small company that produces Sphagnum moss to combat climate change. I have four children (3 who are teenagers). This has given me a greater understanding of the pressure that our teenagers experience at school, exam pressures and bullying, anxiety about self-image, concerns about the future and feeling powerless to change their circumstances. I am happy to be working with an organisation that is helping people who struggle with these issues.
For this international women’s day I wanted to create images of inspiring women of all ages and professions and hear from each person how they started out and what they’ve achieved. What I find most inspiring from this project is that even though we have this wide spread of jobs and ages, it is clear that mental health is now held in high importance with everyone featured, something I’ve noticed change over the last few years while photographing for Harmless and that continues to do so throughout society. Thanks again to everyone who braved the cold and the wind to get their photograph taken and to everyone who caught my backdrop every time it nearly flew away, I hope you’re all as pleased with the pictures as I am.
The project is far from over, Harmless and I have many more shoots lined up and exciting ideas for how to show the work in new ways over the course of this year, if you’re thinking of being involved get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m very proud of how the exhibition turned out and how well supported it was all day. Again I want to thank the Harmless team, Sane Sistas, Backlit Gallery, Raw Pubs, Kodak, Photoparlour and, most importantly, everyone who let me take their portraits.
Harmless are hosting this forthcoming photographic exhibition featuring amazing women in a bid to raise the profile of female suicide.
Featured next in our series is the Sheriff of Nottingham in her official attire.
Did you know that the suicide rate among females 10-24 y/o has reached its highest levels since records began? Since 2012, it has increased by 83%. We know that men make up the bulk of those lost through suicide, but we cannot ignore the rising rates in women, and their associated unmet needs.
Harmless is hosting a photography exhibition and spoken word event with partners from SANE Sistas, Backlit Gallery and Thomas Griffiths to coincide with International Women’s Day *THIS SUNDAY* 8th March from 1-8pm. Drinks reception at 6.30pm.
Please come along to show your support and see our beautiful individual and family portraits of wondrous, diverse women from all across the East Midlands.
You don’t have to book on Eventbrite to attend, but feel free to register your interest there.
Join us this tomorrow, Sunday 8th March 2020, on International Women’s Day for our photographic exhibition and spoken word event. This critical event will raise the profile of female suicide by celebrating diversity in womanhood.
When: Sunday 8th March 2020 (International Women’s Day), 1-8pm (drop in and see us any time!). Spoken word from 4pm. Drinks reception at 6.30pm.
Where: Backlit Gallery, Alfred Street, Nottingham, NG3 1JG
A word from our CEO, Caroline:
“The photographic project is focused upon exploring what it means to be a woman, looking at the individuality of womanhood and paying attention to the needs, vulnerabilities and strengths of women as we try to raise the profile of female suicide. Together, let’s celebrate humanity and the strengths of women in all walks of life, united in our difference.”
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