Elaine Roub is the Coordinator for our Young People’s service in Northern Ireland, she is based in our offices in Belfast. She joined the team in 2005 when Cruse was starting a service in Northern Ireland for children and young people.
Elaine says: “I applied for the job at Cruse because I wanted to work with children and young people and at the time, Cruse in Northern Ireland was just beginning to set up a region-wide service for children and young people. I felt like the job had my name on it when I saw it in the Belfast Telegraph!
“I am the Young Cruse Coordinator. This job is extremely varied, interesting and people-connected. The favourite parts of my job are working with volunteers and families. I co-ordinate the Get Together – Bereaved Families Discovering Project, together with a fantastic team of staff and volunteers, and also work with the Assistant Coordinator, Maria to oversee Cruse’s Hope Again website which has been designed by bereaved young people for bereaved young people. This includes working regularly with a team of young people from across Northern Ireland on Cruse’s youth profile, media and community education opportunities.
“I was attracted to Cruse because I had a degree in Social Work and experience in youth work, as well as previously developing a “big brother/big sister” programme for single parent children who had experienced a lot of losses. It seemed a good fit for me to join Cruse.
“I enjoy almost everything about my job! I particularly appreciate the privilege of working with incredibly committed volunteers and having the chance to expand our services beyond individual children by working with the whole family. I also love the sense of teamwork with my colleagues in the Get Together project.
“I have so many memorable moments, including . . . the first volunteers that came through our children and young people training course in 2006 . . . Members of the Youth Advisory Group addressing the Cruse conference and sharing their stories in 2014 . . . Releasing balloons at the close of our 2011 family conference in the grounds of Hilton Templepatrick hotel. But the one memory that probably tops them all is a room full of bereaved families gently reconnecting with each other over their family artwork on a Friday evening at Corrymeela.
“To mark our 60th anniversary this year, I attended and led a workshop at our 60th Anniversary conference in July and am running the family-led “From Inside Out” Conference here in Northern Ireland on 19th September."
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