Meet Weldmar’s new Counselling and Bereavement Lead
Aimée Overington joins us with a wealth of experience in counselling, and management.
Here at Weldmar Hospicecare, we offer a range of services to support those in our care and their relatives. And we are proud of our growing Family Support Services team, which includes counselling and bereavement support for loved ones and family members of patients.
We’re delighted to welcome Aimée Overington as our new Counselling and Bereavement Lead.
Aimée’s background is in two different areas. Her career started in administration at universities in student admissions, academic support and advisory roles. From there she took a management role at the Priory in Oxford, setting up their Wellbeing Centre for clients seeking private healthcare consultations with psychotherapists, or consultant psychiatrists. There, she was responsible for building the profile of the centre, developing income streams, and ensuring they were CQC ready.
Next, Aimée took a role at a charity based in Buckinghamshire, supporting victims of crime. The program was funded by the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner. Aimée managed a team of five caseworkers and a number of volunteers. The team supported clients across Oxfordshire, Berkshire, and Buckinghamshire.
Aimée is a qualified counsellor, starting her training in 2007 and finishing her diploma in 2012. Between 2016 – 2018 she completed a Master’s degree. Her first training placement was with Cruse Bereavement Care in Lambeth and later Oxford. There, Aimée met people from many different backgrounds with all kinds of presentations of grief and loss. Her next placement was with an agency in Oxford for adults with a range of presenting problems, later taking a paid role. Aimée has an interest in trauma and grief trauma and hopes to specialise in this area in the future.
Aimée says ‘Reading about Weldmar, I thought what incredible work. Hard work, but privileged work. And how amazing to be a part of that.’
‘Since starting at Weldmar a few weeks ago, everyone has been so welcoming and really friendly.’
Aimée adds ‘I am really looking forward to developing service provision, recruiting more volunteers and continuing to foster a collaborative ethos within the Counselling Service.’
Aimée leads a team of one children and young person’s counsellor, four sessional counsellors, four bereavement support volunteers, five spiritual care volunteers, one voluntary counsellor and three placement counsellors.