Geraldine McLoughlin

Hi Geraldine!

It's wonderful to chat with you about your experience here at Hospice Isle of Man. As this year's Hospice Care Week theme is "We are Hospice care", we're taking the opportunity to talk about some of our wonderful staff from all corners of the organisation to show how we all contribute.
Please answer some of these question so everyone can get to know you a little more...


1. What is your role within Hospice Isle of Man?

Young Person’s Support Worker and a Nursery Nurse

2. How long have you been working/volunteering here?

Since 2007

3. What is your favourite thing about being part of the Hospice team?

Sharing the good times along with the sad times. Have made some amazing friendships.

4. What would a usual day/duties at Hospice look like for you?

Within the Young Person’s Service it would consist of checking any referrals that have come in and make contact with the families. Head out to the schools to see any young people or prepare for sessions I have within Jade’s Place. Within Rebecca House it varies each day due to what children are attending. Make sure all care needs are met and maybe even a trip out if it’s nice. Make sure they are fed and medication given. Various activities can be planned before getting ready for the children attending overnight.

5. How do you usually start the day ahead of arriving at Hospice, and how does this benefit your work? (E.g. a cup of coffee, yoga, cold shower to prepare for the day etc.)

Make sure my kids are up and sorted for school, quick cuppa and feed the dog. Routine is what makes the mornings runs smoothly… sometimes

6. What do you usually do to unwind after work/volunteering?

Walk the dog or a nice glass of wine.

7. Please describe your work/volunteering life in 3 words

Fun, rewarding and supportive.

8. What’s a professional achievement you are most proud of?

Receiving my Diploma in Youth Counselling.

9. What are your aspirations for your future here at Hospice Isle of Man?

To continue to grow the Young Person’s Service and make people aware of how important it is to discuss death and dying with children.

10. Do you have any highlights, stories or favourite memories you would like to share about your time here at Hospice Isle of Man?

There have been so many memories but one I will never forget was when I met a young person who was going through a bereavement and she wrote me a letter to thank me for helping her to explain her feelings and how she felt happy again. Within Rebecca House, we had such a lovely time when we took two of the girls to go and watch Grease the musical. Seeing their faces and how much they enjoyed it was a fantastic memory I will treasure.

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