Supporting Children Part 1
Sr Helen Culhane, founder of a local support service which has helped more than a 1,000 children affected by loss through death, separation or divorce, has been named Limerick Person of the Year 2017.
She founded the Children’s Grief Centre in 2009 which sees around 30 children a week, aged four to 18 years. 70 percent of the children who attend have separated parents while 30 percent have suffered a bereavement.
In total, there are approximately 30 volunteers attached to the centre. The volunteers include a retired career guidance teacher, a play therapist, psychologist, psychotherapist, and an art therapist.
She explains more to Miriam Gormally about how important her work with children is and how she hopes that the award draws attention to that. In this first part she tells the story of Tom, a boy who wouldn’t talk after his parents separated.
For more information go to the Children’s Grief Centre