Alison coordinates the work of the Childhood Bereavement Network (CBN) and the National Bereavement Alliance (NBA).
Alison’s work can involve signposting a widowed parent to their local support service, writing a speech for a parliamentarian, advising a local service about how to demonstrate the difference they make, or planning a training seminar for CBN’s members – organisations supporting bereaved children across the UK.
She has been working in the children’s sector for over 20 years. Prior to NCB, she worked for several years with the children and families of people in prison, and before that, with families in an outer city estate.
Alison is currently part-way through a PhD. In 2021 she was awarded an MBE for her work.
“I want my work to help children learn to live with the death of their mum, dad, brother, sister or someone else important, and go on to lead a fulfilling life. I’m constantly impressed by our members’ willingness to share ideas and collaborate, support those setting up new services in areas with little provision, and to come together to make things better for bereaved children and their families.”