There’s no stopping our new Family Support Worker despite the latest lockdown in Leicester. After all, she’d already got stuck into helping families in the unusual circumstances of starting work in the second week of the national lockdown.
Introducing Toria, our new support worker based at Leicester Royal Infirmary. She’s currently helping families of children with cancer remotely and out in the community. “I want to make a difference to families whose lives have been turned upside down by cancer. I truly believe PASIC does this and so far I’m loving every second of making it happen,” says Toria.
Since joining us Toria has put her amazing energy and enthusiasm into customising and making up activity packs for isolated families across the East Midlands during Covid-19. She’s organised grants to help with hidden costs of caring for a child with cancer and funding for families having to travel to treatment centres such as Christies in Manchester for Proton Beam Therapy.
She’s got stuck in to helping families where she can – meeting them at gateposts and even persuading outdoor company, Outdoors4You to donate a tent to make one disappointed teenager’s camping trip become a reality in his back garden.
Toria has a wealth of experience gained in the 12 years she worked as part of the care team at Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young Adults. “I’ve always been passionate about caring for others and wanted to use my skills from Rainbows to specialise in oncology.” Says Toria.
We asked Toria to tell us about her typical day
Well there’s certainly been no typical day so far. Every day is as different as the people we help. They’ve all got different needs and fears, come from different backgrounds and places; have different cancers, treatments, and outlooks.
We could be liaising with Clic Sargent or the Teenage Cancer Trust, supporting families on our newly formed Parent Support Group or processing financial support and supermarket vouchers to help families who’ve hit hard times during the pandemic. We help parents deal with the roller-coaster of emotions and stresses that hit them as they cope with all that having a child with cancer throws at them.
“I’m so excited about this opportunity to work for PASIC. I can’t wait to get stuck into supporting families on the ward once Leicester is out of lockdown.”
And we bet they can’t wait to meet Toria face to face either.