Stars For Young People Facing Grief

Opportunity for a Sessional Counsellor with STARS

STARS is currently seeking a counsellor to provide two sessions per week of bereavement counselling for children and young people on a self-employed and sessional basis. The sessions will take place during school hours and in term-times only and sessions will be organised by the counsellor to suit themselves and the young people. This opening will be for one year initially beginning September 2019. Counselling will take place in the children’s schools. It is essential the sessional counsellor is willing to travel across Cambridgeshire and has their own transport.  Mileage will be paid.

Clinical supervision and support will be provided. A current DBS and child safeguarding certificate are essential. The counsellor also needs to have their own public liability insurance and be registered as self-employed. 

An application form is available on the STARS website and should you wish to discuss this opportunity, please contact STARS on 01223 863511 or email info@talktostars.org.uk. The deadline for applications is Friday 21st August 2019 and interviews will be held week commencing Monday 2nd September 2019.

Click Here For Sessional Counsellor Application Form 

Stars scoops Community Group of the Year Award!

Stars scoops Community Group of the Year Award!

We are thrilled to announce that Stars has been awarded ‘Community Group of the Year’ at the Cambridge News Community & Education Awards 2019.

The awards, presented at Wolfson College in Cambridge, aim to recognise exceptional individuals or groups who go the extra mile to help others. Nominations in the 14 categories include those who have shown courage in the face of adversity to community groups that have helped to improve people’s lives. Stars share this honour with two other worthy entrants and collected £500 prize money to help provide further child bereavement support.

Anne Streather and the dedicated Stars team richly deserve this accolade as recognition of their hard work and of the important role our service plays in the community,” said Chair of Stars, David Culley. “Heartfelt thanks to everyone involved and to those who nominated Stars for young people in Cambridgeshire facing grief and dealing with loss.”

Pictured L-R: Editor-in-Chief David Bartlett, Stars Chair David Culley, ‘Community Group of the Year’ winners Cambridge Community Arts, Illuminate, and Stars Service Manager Anne Streather, with Deputy Mayor Russ McPherson, and Managing Editor Simon Edgley. Image by: davidjohnsonphotographic.co.uk

To see more on this inspiring event: https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/gallery/70-stunning-pictures-cambridge-news-16611822

Stars is an independent charity that relies on charitable donations to continue its work with children and young people in Cambridgeshire. To find out more about Stars and what we do, to Donate, or if you can help make a difference, please get in touch with us at info@talktostars.org.uk

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Easter greetings to all

We wish to let you know that the Stars office will be closed from Good Friday 19th to Easter Monday 22nd April.

The team at Stars understands that certain occasions can often be a difficult time for children and young people who have experienced the loss of a loved one. 

For any urgent enquiries, we suggest you contact your GP or Childline. For advice and guidance, websites such as Winston’s Wish or Child Bereavement UK may be helpful.

Sending the very best wishes from all of us at Stars.

Stars Gather At King’s College Cambridge

Stars gather at King’s College Cambridge

Stars counsellors, volunteers and trustees gathered recently to reflect on the charity’s successes of 2018; which included two new volunteer programmes, a family day, the improvement of business systems, and a great year for community fundraising across the Cambridgeshire region.

David Culley, Stars Chair of Trustees, said: “This important knowledge share not only builds on the strong working bond between our trusted team, but it also works to inspire new ideas and information that can help drive continued support for those children who are facing grief and dealing with loss in our community.”

The meeting also set out priorities for 2019, but with no central or local government funding, Stars must continue to source vital funds needed to cope with the rising demand for child bereavement support in Cambridgeshire.

Following presentations and discussions, the day finished with a rooftop tour of King’s College Chapel, an absolute treat for the team.

To find out more about Stars and what we do to support children and young people in Cambridgeshire, to Donate, or if you can help make a difference, please get in touch: info@talktostars.org.uk

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Vital funds needed!

As Stars appeals for funding to meet the rising demand for child bereavement support in Cambridgeshire, we share the ITV News Anglia broadcast of how one teenager turned to Stars to help cope with the loss of her Dad – you can watch Raveena Ghattaura’s report here.

Two hundred children in our region are referred to Stars every year, but with the increased demand for free counselling services that can support bereaved young people in Cambridgeshire, extensive funding is now crucial.

Driven by a small, highly-professional team, with no central or local government funding, Stars relies entirely on donations to provide help for children in our community. Anne Streather, Stars Service Manager says: “The children who come to us are very vulnerable and very bewildered, so we are conscious that we need to work incredibly hard to ensure this service continues with the very high-quality specialists we have available for these young people facing grief.”

To find out more about Stars and what we do, to Donate, or if you can help make a difference, please get in touch: info@talktostars.org.uk

 

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Warmest wishes from all at Stars

We wish to let you know that the Stars office will be closed from Friday 21st December and will re-open on Wednesday 2nd January.

We know the festive period is often a difficult time for children and young people who have experienced the loss of a loved one. For any urgent enquiries, we suggest you contact your GP or Childline. For advice and guidance, websites such as Winston’s Wish or Child Bereavement UK may be helpful.

We look forward to being in touch in the New Year and send the very best wishes from all of us at Stars.