Our fantastic, inspiring regional Working Together days are back for 2020 and we would love you to see you there.
The Working Together days are a wonderful day of networking, sharing knowledge and ideas as well as celebrating what we have achieved. This year, we want your involvement on two important areas: the development of our next three year strategy and Sands’ crucial work with hospitals and how Sands can support bereaved parents.
Sands – your chance to shape our future
Sands is developing our next three year strategy to help us reach our compelling vision: a world where fewer babies die and, when a baby does die, anyone affected receives the best possible care and support for as long as it's needed.
This is your chance to shape and influence that strategy - you’ll have the chance to get involved and voice your ideas in an interactive workshop with Clea, our Chief Executive, and other members of our Senior Leadership team.
Improving bereavement care and support
We’ll also focus on how we can work together to support Sands' crucial work in hospitals – including how our refreshed memory boxes are designed to support healthcare professionals and families in having difficult but necessary conversations, as well as making very special memories. You’ll get to meet staff from our Bereavement Support Services and Improving Bereavement Care teams and will be able learn more about the support that Sands offers:
• through our amazing volunteers providing essential peer support and hospital liaison,
• through our excellent and accredited training packages,
• and through the National Bereavement Care Pathway, our ground breaking collaboration to ensure all bereaved parents receive the very best consistent bereavement care.
What will you get from attending a Working Together day?
• The chance to shape our future by participating in our workshop around our next three year strategy.
• Recognise Sands’ potential to make a difference in hospitals and identify your part in making this happen
• Learn about resources available to Sands’ supporters and volunteers, and how to use them
• Share and learn from good practice in your region
• and, of course, a chance to celebrate being a volunteer with Sands!
These events are open to all volunteers and supporters of Sands – please register your attendance in advance. These events are an excellent opportunity to include anyone interested in getting more involved with Sands – please share this link.
We also have a limited number of places available for healthcare professionals. If you are curious about attending a Working Together day, contact the Network Coordinator for the relevant day to find out more.
We look forward to seeing you at our Working Together events across the country:
25th April - Leeds: click here to register.
2nd May - Dunfermline: click here to register.
13th June - Northern Ireland
20th June – Exeter
4th July - Port Talbot
11th July – London
19th September – Birmingham
Here's what volunteers have said about regional days in 2018
Janine, Treasurer of Fife Sands said:
“At the Networking Day, I enjoyed getting to see some of the other volunteers, and meeting Sands staff, putting faces to names I’ve seen in emails. It was of great benefit to meet people from across the network, and see how other groups do things and sharing ideas to try ourselves. I found out what’s happening in the wider area, and not just focussing on Fife.”
“Clea Harmer (Sands Chief Executive) is such a passionate speaker, and really energises everyone. It’s good to find out how much good has been done across the country, and it’s very inspiring. When volunteering, your energy starts to flag, but going to a Networking Day galvanises you and gives you new energy to keep going.”
Jane, Befriender and committee member for Cheshire East Sands, who attended the Networking Day in Birmingham in June, said:
“This was my second network day. I enjoyed getting together with other groups and speaking to people from head office, and seeing how we link and work together. It was great to find out what is happening in the world of Sands. It was so useful to share practical ideas between groups, each other and head office. We were looking for memorial event ideas and love the idea of a bubble release.”
Hilary, Treasurer for Bristol Sands, who attended the Networking Day in Bristol in June, said:
“I always find it inspiring to meet Clea and witness her passion and drive to improve what Sands can achieve. It's great to hear about the big picture of National Sands. There is so much more going on than just the local groups. It helps to understand and appreciate how hard it is to oversee it all when each group has their own idiosyncrasies but also need to be part of the whole network.
It's an opportunity to meet the volunteers from other areas and hear about the great work that is going on. It's good to share all our fantastic ideas and adapt things we learn from others and make them work in our area. It is also good to hear about projects that have been completed that are similar to those that we are about to embark on - helps us get an idea of what to do and learn from any mistakes. We can take the best bits from other projects!
Meet staff - it’s so lovely to put a face to a name and it makes it feel much more personal. The staff are also passionate about Sands, just like us bereaved parents and volunteers. Everyone is desperate to improve and reach our core aims.
The Networking Day made me feel enthusiastic for the future and inspired to achieve locally and further afield as part of the collective network. I can't wait to attend Sands conference in November and be involved in more discussions and continue to feel part of Sands and all the amazing things we achieve together.”