Cash Singh joins Winston’s Wish team to strengthen childhood bereavement support in North West
Winston’s Wish, the leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK, is delighted to welcome Cash Singh as Senior Practitioner in the North West region. Cash will work directly with children and families who have suffered the heartbreak of a death in the immediate family.
Cash joins the North West team, bringing a wealth of experience in youth support to the organisation. His work will allow the charity to continue to realise its belief that the right support at the right time can enable bereaved young people to live with their grief and build positive futures.
Cash is a Manchester boy; born and bred in Old Trafford, his work with Winston’s Wish will cover the North West region. As well as case work involving face to face family-centred support, Cash will also be part of the team working at drop-in centres in Wigan and Leigh.
After graduating with a BA Honours degree in History (2007) and then MA/PG Dip in Social Work (2011) from Manchester Met University, Cash spent time working in a variety of social work roles in Manchester.
Certainly, one particular previous role has readied him for the task ahead at Winston’s Wish. Cash provided therapeutic support to refugees and asylum seekers from Afghanistan and Iraq, where many of the people he encountered had suffered bereavement of a parent – or had been orphaned.
In 2013 Cash was diagnosed with cancer and it was at this traumatic time he realised that he needed to reprioritise his work-life balance. He commented:
“Given my personal experience – and dealing with my own cancer diagnosis – I want to combine the perspective I learnt during this highly stressful time with all my professional skills and experience to help support those experiencing bereavement”.
The role of Senior Practitioner at Winston’s Wish means that Cash can put his real life experiences to good use. He will be working to deliver the practical emotional support and guidance offered by Winston’s Wish practitioners in the North West region.
“One of the big reasons I applied for this role was some time I spent working as a volunteer at an orphanage whilst travelling India. This really shaped my view on how important it is to provide support to children who experience bereavement.
I am delighted to be part of the Winston’s Wish team and I look forward to making a difference to the lives of the families we work with across the country”.
Rebekah Lawson, Family Services Team Leader for the North West, added:
“We are delighted to welcome Cash to the team. His personal and professional experiences will make a huge difference in how families cope with their bereavement”.
Winston’s Wish helps children and young people rebuild their lives after the death of their mum, dad, brother or sister, enabling them to face the future with confidence and hope.
Each year, Winston’s Wish supports over 30,000 bereaved children and young people through an array of dedicated services.
The Winston’s Wish drop-ins for the North West region run weekly in Wigan and Leigh, open to anyone who would like to find out more about the charity or would like to meet with other people in relation to a bereavement.
Tuesday drop-in sessions are held every Tuesday from 11am-1pm at Compassion in Action, Patrick House, 58 Leigh Rd, Leigh, WN7 1QR.
Wednesday drop-in sessions are held every Wednesday from 3.30-5.30pm at Sunshine House, Wellington Street, Wigan, WN1 3SA.