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New Face-to-Face Support Groups in NSW

Sands is delighted to have recently launched Sands Face-to-Face Support Groups in Sydney and the Central Coast.

Like all Sands services, the local face-face support groups are facilitated by Volunteer Parent Supporters who understand the pain and devastation that follows the death of a baby, as they too have experienced it.

"Local face-to-face support groups are a great way to feel supported and share your story in a safe environment. The groups also provide valuable opportunities to meet and connect with other parents who are going through similar heartache and devastation", says Janelle Marshall, General Manager Services.

The groups meet once a month:

Inner West Sands Face-to- Face Support Group - Rozelle

Last Wednesday of the each month, commencing 26 April 2017

7.00pm 9.00pm

Hannaford Community Centre, 608 Darling Street, Rozelle, NSW 2260

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Northern Suburb Sands Face-to-Face Support Group – Eastwood

Last Wednesday of each month, commencing 26 April 2017

7.00pm 9.00pm

Brush Farm House, 19 Lawson Street, Eastwood, NSW 2122

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Central Coast Group Sands Face-to-Face Support Group

Last Monday of each month, commencing 24 April 2017

7.00pm 9.00pm

Laura’s Place, 449 Tumbi Road, Wamberal, NSW, 2260

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Sands also runs support groups throughout Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland. For more information click here

Sands Australia Welcomes Funding Boost

Sands Australia welcomes the recent decision by the Australian Government to increase the charity’s funding by a further $640,000 over the next two years.

The much needed increase will allow Sands to further expand our reach and support services to a greater number of bereaved families across Australia whilst also allowing the charity to develop a new programme of activities to improve the care and support families receive by healthcare professionals, funeral home directors and employers.

Sands is a not-for-profit organisation that provides emotional support, information and hope to parents and families who experience the death of a baby. All Sands Volunteer Parent Supporters understand the heartbreak and devastation that follows the death of a baby, as they too have experienced it.

Sands Australia CEO Andre Carvalho said that the $1.46 million to be provided over the next two years – up from $822,000 – would go a long way to supporting Sands vision of an Australia where no bereaved family is left feeling alone and isolated following the death of a baby.

"Despite the many advances in technology, research and medicine in the last decade, the rates of early pregnancy loss, stillbirth and newborn deaths has not changed. Sadly, approximately 96,000 Australian families experience the death of a baby each year.” Mr Carvalho said.

"Since first receiving funding from the Australian Government in July 2011, Sands has made great strides in supporting bereaved parents. We launched our National 24/7 Support Line and our live web chat support services, distributed key resources and delivered thousands of information sessions to midwives and healthcare professionals across Australia."

"Under the increased funding, Sands Australia will now be able to reach more parents, distribute more brochures and resources to where they are needed and train healthcare professionals, funeral home directors and employers on how to provide high quality care and support to bereaved families." Concludes Mr Carvalho.

Sands would like to thank the Australian Government for recognising the need for bereaved families to have access to support and information. Whilst this funding boost is welcomed, Sands will continue to work hard to develop philanthropic relationships with individuals and corporate organisations to ensure we can continue to grow and meet our vision of supporting all families that experience the death of a baby.

Sands’ Jenny Miolin Volunteer Award Winner Announced

Janina Faulkner PhotoJanina Faulkner, a volunteer with miscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death charity, Sands, has today, been announced as Sands’ Inaugural Jenny Miolin Volunteer Award winner for 2017.

Awarded during National Volunteer Week, the Jenny Miolin Volunteer Award acknowledges and celebrates the outstanding contribution and achievement of volunteers across Sands nationally.

Janina, from Kalamunda, WA, first contacted Sands in 1985, after her son Keith was stillborn. She says that she was desperately seeking to talk to someone who understood what she was feeling.

After engaging with Sands, she decided to get involved as a volunteer and has held and continues to hold many volunteering positions within the organisations.

She has been a Volunteer Parent Supporter, providing essential support to bereaved parents for numerous years. In 2014, she was elected as President of Sands WA and continues to be re-elected due to her extraordinary commitment and dedication. In 2015, Janina was nominated as Vice Chair of Sands Australia.

Under Janina’s leadership, Sands in WA has grown from strength to strength, providing vital support to more bereaved parents, than ever before.

Janina has worked tirelessly to establish working relationships within hospitals across Western Australia so that healthcare professionals are aware of the support that Sands can offer and have confidence to refer their bereaved families to Sands.” Said Lyndy Bowden, Chair, Sands Australia.

Janina is also dedicated to ensuring that rural and regional areas of WA also have access to essential services. Sands will soon be in a position to launch Local Support Meetings in WA’s South West and the North East at a later stage.

“Janina puts her heart and soul into all her work for other bereaved parents and her passion is an inspiration to everyone at Sands. She is a very deserving winner. I’d also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and congratulate the other seven nominees for the award for their fantastic contribution and thank all Sands Volunteers, without whom Sands would not exist”. Added Lyndy.

Ann Kinnear, CEO of Australian College of Midwives (ACM) and member of the Judging Panel for the award added “The volunteers across Sands offer invaluable support to grieving parents which comes from a place of loss and grief that they themselves have experienced and still feel. They offer an exceptional service and I add my voice in honouring them. Thank you to the volunteers for giving their own time to help grieving parents.”

On receiving the award, Janina said “I am very grateful to receive this award and would like to thank all my fellow Sands volunteers – we’ve achieved what we have because of teamwork.”

“It’s an honour to support bereaved parents through their grief journey so that they do not suffer alone, or in silence. I always think back to what I wanted when my baby, Keith, died. I just desperately needed to be understood.”

 

 

Sands is a not-for-profit organisation that provides emotional support and information to parents and families who experience the death of a baby, as well as offering resources and education to healthcare professionals. Sands Volunteer Parent Supporters offer a real sense of understanding and hope; they too have been through the devastating loss of a baby.

Every day in Australia, 7 families are faced with the devastating and heartbreaking tragedy of their baby dying during or shortly after birth.

International Bereaved Mother's Day Events 7 May

 
International Bereaved Mother’s Day, which usually falls a week before Mother’s Day, was created to acknowledge and provide comfort for those women whose babies and children have died.bigstock Woman lights candles on bright 51830023small

To mark this day, Sands will be holding the following events:

Bereaved Mother's Day Afternoon Tea, New Farm, Brisbane

Sunday 7 May , 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Merthyr Uniting Church Hall, Merthyr Rd, New Farm

We invite all bereaved mothers to join us to celebrate what it means to be a mother. Celebrate and honour the mothers we are. Come and share your photos, stories, memories and thoughts on mothering babies no longer here with us.
The event is free, but please register here https://www.stickytickets.com.au/50228/2017_bereaved_mothers_day_afternoon_tea.aspx

Annual Memorial Service, North Balwyn, Melbourne

Sunday 7 May, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Marwell Avenue, North Balwyn

The Annual Memorial Service is a very special event for bereaved parents and their families. We invite you to come along. Parents will be invited to light a special candle to remember their babies, share in poems and readings to ceremonial commemorate their babies.

Art for Hope, Kalamunda, WA

Saturday 6 & Sunday 7May, 10.00 am – 4.00pm
Hayward Studio, 96 Cotherstone Road, Kalamunda, WA

Art is well known for its healing qualities, whether you are creating it or viewing it. We hope this exhibition provides some comfort, light and hope to thousands of families who go through this heartbreak every year.