Kyle is the Area Chair for our service in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taff (MTRCT). Kyle decided to volunteer for us after his son died shortly after birth. Kyle wanted to help others that didn’t receive the support that he did. He shares his journey to becoming a volunteer.
“In 2011 my partner and I were blessed with the birth of our first child: a baby boy, whom we called Dylan. Dylan was born under extremely difficult conditions and sadly, a week after his birth, he died.
“After Dylan’s death, my partner and I struggled. We received some local authority counselling but I kept thinking about people who were facing their grief alone with no support and no one to listen. I wanted to do something to help them.
“I decided to enrol on the Cruse Bereavement Volunteer training run through the Children and Young People’s (CYP) project and completed it in 2015.
“I am now the MTRCT Area Chair and I also represent Cruse on the National Committee for Wales. As an ambassador for Cruse I see my role as helping to shape and further cement our work throughout Wales. I also help our area co-ordinator to run the office and manage the volunteers.
“I am proud to say we have a team of excellent, unwavering and dedicated volunteers who every day are there to listen and support bereaved people.
“We all feel privileged to be able to share in our clients’ journey through grief and I am delighted to say we will be holding our first family interaction day soon, where clients can come together in a safe environment for support and fun.”
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