As our time delivering Peer Support, alongside the National Homicide Service and Child Bereavement UK comes to an end, Barry Mizen shares his letter of thanks to the vital service for those that have lost loved ones to violence.
As we approach the end of For Jimmy’s time with the Peer Support Service, I would like to record my thanks to Victim Support for inviting us to help set up the peer support element of the National Homicide Service, working alongside Child Bereavement UK.
The hard work, belief and dedication to the service and of us, Leanne Jones, and latterly Adele Bowers from CBUK has made a huge difference to the experience and lives of people recently bereaved by murder or manslaughter. It has been a very productive two years, and the service now being offered is helping many people at the most traumatic of times.
I would like to recognise and thank the many people who have put themselves forward as peer volunteers. They have used their experience with great humanity and the service only works because of them.
I would also like to thank and recognise the professionalism and care of the team leaders and caseworkers of the Homicide Service. The unsolicited feedback I have received from so many of the referrals is witness to the difference this service makes. People are now being helped in a way that wasn’t available when our son was murdered in 2008, and I know it would have made our journey more manageable.
I wish the homicide service, and in particular the peer support element, all the best as it is taken forward. I am certain, as I have been since 2008 that being able to talk with people with a shared experience is the best form of help.