Part of his role is centred on changing attitudes in communities toward death, dying and bereavement. His work involves working with volunteers and other staff to deliver projects in communities across St Giles’ catchment area.
Ian lives in Burton on Trent in Staffordshire and helped to care for his daughter Melissa after she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in August 2007. Since her death in May 2008, Ian has used his experience to help others.
He was appointed Community Engagement Officer at St Giles Hospice in July 2013 and has successfully developed an Understanding Bereavement workshop which he delivers locally. He also speaks to health professionals across the country on improving the quality of end of life care and bereavement support.
He has also developed a series of Bereavement Help Points, a drop in service for anyone who is bereaved. He is a member of Hospice UK’s People in Partnership group, facilitates workshops for their Compassionate Employers Programme, and is a Dying Matters Champion. In 2012, Ian was an Olympic Torchbearer.