Meet our co-founder ad trustee, Professor Jacqui Stedmon - a founding force and passionate driver of Jeremiah's Journey since its inception in 1996.
Jacqui identified the need for a service to support bereaved children and young people when she was working as a clinical psychologist in paediatrics at Derriford hospital, Plymouth. It remains the case that bereaved children are only eligible for statutory services if they suffer with serious mental health issues. Jeremiah's Journey aims to preempt this and promote wellbeing.
Initially, Jacqui developed the clinical services and led the group programmes, equipping her to take on the crucial role of Clinical Lead Trustee as Jeremiah's Journey grew over the years. She now chairs the bereavement services steering group and provides all her expertise to the charity on a voluntary basis. Her role as an academic at the University of Plymouth ensures that she contributes to research and scholarship and has publications in the field of child bereavement.
In this capacity, Jacqui mentors aspiring psychology students, runs a family therapy clinic for complex cases and leads the 'parents' group for the group programme.
Over almost three decades with the charity, Jacqui has brought a wealth of clinical knowledge, passion and expertise. She acted as a key expert following the tragic shootings in Keyham both within the local community and for regional and national press interest. Recently, she worked with Jo Loosemore to present a series of conversations reflecting upon Keyham's regeneration.
It goes without saying that Jacqui's dedication, passion and commitment to Jeremiah's Journey is both unique and inspirational, providing the caring, supportive foundations on which the charity stands.