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Mosaic are a Dorset based charity supporting bereaved children and young people, their families and the professionals working with them. 

Founded in 2007, Mosaic was created to fill the gap in bereavement provision across the county. Prior to this, support for bereaved children and young people was limited as the only support available was from hospices offering support after the death of someone suffering from a long-term illness. 

Mosaic support children and young people who have been bereaved of someone special, such as a parent, sibling, friend or a member of their extended family. This includes all causes of death such as long-term illness, sudden death, suicide, murder or road traffic accident. 

Aim

To develop a Dorset wide network of specialist bereavement support for all children, young people and their families.

To work collaboratively with other agencies to enable a cohesive framework of support before, during and after the death of someone close.

Mission

To create a child centred service which offers a pathway of support for bereaved children, young people and their families.

To provide support for those young people facing the death of a loved one.

Our Staff

Margaret Hannibal MBE - CEO

'Developing Mosaic has been challenging, demanding and exciting. As the chartiy continues to grow, so do the rewards and the success can be shared by everyone who has given their time and support to make it the established charity it is today'.

Margaret moved from London to Dorset 30 years ago and lives near Poole. She is married to David and has two children Sarah & Tim, two stepsons Robert and Simon and eight grandchildren.

Margaret started her career in finance and has worked in education and the NHS. She has a diploma in Childhood Bereavement and has experience in supporting bereaved children and their families. Margaret was also awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours List at the start of 2015.

Julie Monaghan - Family Therapies Services Manager

'I feel so incredibly blessed to be working with such a wonderful team of professionals at Mosaic who do such incredible work for bereaved children and their families across Dorset.'

Julie joined Mosaic in 2016 and is our Family Therapy Services Manager. She has worked with children, young people and their families as a Counsellor, Play Therapist and Mental Health Worker. Julie loves spending time with her family, walking her Labrador dog, Hollie, in the New Forest and exploring the Dorset countryside.

Sarah Eaby - Senior Therapist

'I love my work with children, young people and their families and consider myself very privileged to be able to be alongside them whilst they are grieving. I believe passionately in being able to offer an empathic and warm response to those who are struggling to accept the death of a loved one'.

Sarah began her journey with Mosaic as a sessional counsellor in 2011, before becoming a senior therapist in 2017. She is happily married and enjoys spending time with her four grown up children, walking the dog, gardening and doing yoga. 

Manuela Floyd - Administrator

‘Having previously worked for the Defence Medical Welfare Service in Germany, another charitable organisation, it became apparent to me how much more rewarding it is to work for an organisation where your work can make a difference to someone'.

Manuela became a member of the Mosaic team in August 2015.With her husband in the military they moved all over the place and have lived in some lovely places in the SW of England, Germany, Holland and Cyprus but have now settled in Dorset.

Sarah Justice - Administrator

'I feel very lucky to be working for such a great charity, founded and run by lovely people, it makes coming into work a pleasure and fulfilling making a difference to children's lives.'

Sarah was new to Mosaic in 2013 and has a mixed bag of work experience from the garment industry having travelled the world visiting factories from Shanghai to Colombia. She lives with her family and loves spending time exploring the outdoors, good coffee shops and renovating their first home and rambling garden.

Laura Stanley - Fundraiser

'We love spending time exploring new places as a family. I am excited to have joined Mosaic and look forward to helping the charity grow and continue to provide such an amazing service to families when they need it most.'

Laura joined the Mosaic office team, 20 hours a week, following maternity leave. She is a mum to 3 children, and away from work enjoys spending time with them and making the most of living in beautiful Dorset!

Siân Haynes - Training and Development Co-ordinator

'This is the first time I have worked for a charity and to be part of the fabulous team here at Mosaic is amazing. I am very lucky to be able to do the work I love and combine it with making such a difference to children’s lives.”

Siân joined the Mosaic team in April 2018 and has worked in a variety of training roles for over 25 years. She is a mum to two teenagers and outside of work is training to be a Counsellor, sings in a choir and enjoys getting out and about in the countryside with her children and dog.

Emily Chick - Training and Service Development Administrator

‘I am so passionate about helping others and Mosaic is the perfect place to work in order to achieve this. Despite the sometimes difficult nature of the job, it is such a positive place to work and I am so lucky to be surrounded by such wonderful colleagues who share my compassion’.

Emily joined the team in July 2018 looking for work to run alongside studying for a degree in Psychology and Counselling. Emily loves spending time getting creative, being out in nature and exploring new places with her partner although most often can be found with her nose in a good book!

Diana Lane - Finance Officer

'I am very pleased to have been given the opportunity to work for a local charity that provides wonderful, unique support to children and young people in Dorset. Working with such dedicated colleagues is inspiring'.

Diana joined the team in October 2018 as our Finance Officer. After studying at Trent Polytechnic in Nottingham she worked in various roles before returning to Dorset where she completed her AAT qualification via distance learning.

Marleen De Cleen - Administrator

'It is a joy to be a part of this amazing team who are driven to make a difference to young people's lives'.

Marleen initially started with Mosaic as a volunteer and has now joined the team as a part time administrator. She lives with her husband and loves nothing more than going for a bimble in her microlight or exploring warmer climates in her aging motorhome.

Counsellors and Support Workers

We also work with a brilliant team of over 20 fully trained Counsellors who live all over Dorset,. Together with our 5 volunteer Support Workers, they support our families through their time with Mosaic.

Trustees and Patrons

Mike Bartlett - Chair of Trustees

Mike is a fundraising director for a national charity and has 14 years experience working in the charity sector. Mike also has a background in childhood bereavement charities and takes an active interest in childhood bereavement issues. He has been a trustee since 2008 and is a residential weekend volunteer. Mike is married with two children and lives in Wimborne.

David Hannibal - Trustee

David is responsible for overseeing the charity's finances. He is an investment manager with over 40 years experience as well as being a former president and founding member of the South Coast branch of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments.

Mary Norrish - Trustee

Mary trained as a social worker and returned to work in child social care following her husband's sudden death. Her own father died when she was 12 meaning she has had experience of childhood bereavement its effects on the family from the perspective of a child, mother and social worker.

Holly Walbridge - Trustee

With a background in financial services and two young children of her own, Holly draws upon 17 years of investment management and business experience to support Mosaic.

Cathy Gilpin - Trustee

Cathy has volunteered for Mosaic since 2010, helping at residential weekends and fundraising events. She has two grown up children who both live in Switzerland and has worked for the past 20 years in finance which she hopes brings skills and knowledge to enable Mosaic to continue to grow.

Nicola Hall - Trustee

Nicola is a solicitor with a local firm working in the Wills, Trusts and Probate department and frequently witnesses the effect that a bereavement has on a family. Having lost a parent at a young age, Nicola feels very passionately about the service that Mosaic provides and was delighted to become a trustee in 2017. Nicola is married and has two sons.

Rollo Clifford - Trustee

Rollo was Consultant Pediatrician at Dorset County Hospital until his retirement in 2016. He volunteered for two years prior to becoming a trustee in 2019 and has helped out at numerous residential weekends and fundraising events. Rollo has personal experience of being a child in a bereaved family after the death of his Dad when he was an infant.

Karen Parnell - Trustee

Karen works as an educational advisor for a local authority, having previously worked as a teacher for 20 years. Being a widow and mum to two teenagers, she has first hand experience of child bereavement and the work of Mosaic. Karen is passionate about supporting bereaved young people and raising awareness of the issues they face. 

Sir Al Aynsley-Green - Patron

Sir Al Aynsley-Green trained as a children’s physician, was James Spence Professor of Child Health in the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, then Nuffield Professor of Child Health and Director of Clinical Research at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children; he was then first National Clinical Director for Children in Government 2000-5, and the first independent statutory Children’s Commissioner for England from 2005-10.

He is now Professor Emeritus of Child Health at University College London, and Founder of Aynsley-Green Consulting, engaging with governments and organisations worldwide on children, childhood and children’s services.

He was knighted by HM the Queen for his services to children and young people in 2006 and in June 2013 received the James Spence Medal of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, this being the highest accolade for a British Children’s Physician.

He was bereaved of his father when he was 10 years old, this life-changing tragedy giving him his motivation to train as a doctor, and his commitment to promote the importance of grief in childhood. His personal insights allow him to relate directly to bereaved children today. He is Patron of the national Childhood Bereavement Network, and works with colleagues in Canada, Australia, Norway, and across the EU to share best practice and improve awareness of the importance of childhood grief.

Vacancies

Fundraising Assistant
Hours: 22.5 hours per week - 3 days
Salary: £18,500 (£11,100 pro rata)
Base: Milborne St Andrew, Blandford, DT11
Would you like to join an enthusiastic team, working for a growing children's charity in Dorset? The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting the Fundraiser, organising and developing events and working with our volunteers. You will have the opportunity to meet donors and give presentations to groups and companies. 

Requirements:
Minimum 1 year administration experience
Excellent communication, telephone and networking skills
Excellent organisational skills and time management
Ability to work as part of a team
Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, Outlook)
Own car and valid driving licence.  

Self-Employed Counsellors
We are currently looking for a fully qualified, self-employed counsellor in the North Dorset area. Experience of working with children and young people is essential. If you would like to register your interest in working for Mosaic, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Registered Charity no. 1158138