Janette Bourne is the Director of Cruse Bereavement Care's services in Wales. She joined Cruse in 2011. Having been bereaved herself, Janette is passionate about providing the best possible support for bereaved people in Wales.
Janette says: “As the Director of Wales, I promote the development and provision of high-quality bereavement support. I also work closely with Cruse Cymru’s network to ensure effective management and promote the needs of bereaved people in places of strategic importance and places of influence.
“Being bereaved myself, the work of the organisation struck a cord as a much-needed support service. I was really keen to work with an organisation that has a good reputation for making a difference to so many people’s lives.
“No two days are the same! I enjoy building relationships with volunteers, staff members and in a different context having special relationships with colleagues in other provider organisations, funders and partners.
“My first day of work in October 2011 was one of my most memorable work moments. It was when I learnt more about what an impressive organisation Cruse is – and about the care of bereaved people being at the centre of all who work there and the volunteers who deliver the charity’s support services.
“I am taking part in many of the celebrations that Cruse is having to mark this landmark in its history. It’s a really exciting time to be part of the organisation.
“Over the last 60 years, I think Cruse has done well at keeping its services relevant to bereaved peoples’ support needs. From Cruse’s Founder Margaret Torrie’s desire to support widows – to today when all communities are supported by a plethora of support services for both adults, children and young people.”