Pat Layer, Coroner's Court Support Service Volunteer
I have been a volunteer with TVP for 10 years but for the last eight years have worked with the Coroner’s Court Support Service at Milton Keynes Coroner's Court.
Attending an Inquest can be a bewildering and emotional experience and as trained volunteer I greet families on arrival and give emotional and practical support.
Every family is different and no two inquests are the same, just a different scenario but always calling for tact, diplomacy and empathy. All this makes for a very demanding role which I love. The gratitude shown to me by families makes it all a very worthwhile job.
Over a number of years I have worked for Relate, Carers UK and a local support group for Alzheimer’s. Nothing compares to my role with the Coroner’s Court Support Service who offered a first class training.
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