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Treasurer Vacancy

Jul 25, 2019

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Who are Simon Says?

Simon Says provides support for bereaved children up to the age of 18 at our monthly support groups.  Our groups provide an opportunity for children and young people to spend time with others who have had similar experiences. Groups are themed and activities/group work sessions are organised by our volunteers.

Overall responsibilities

Oversee the financial affairs of the Charity and ensure we are legal, constitutional and within accepted accounting practice.

Ensure proper records are kept and that effective financial procedures are in place.

Monitor and report on the financial health of the organisation.

Oversee the production of necessary financial reports/returns, accounts and audits.

Skills required

Knowledge and experience of current and fundraising finance practice relevant to the Charity

Knowledge of bookkeeping and financial management (as necessary).

Good financial analysis skills.

Ability to communicate clearly and work with a small team.


Ideally you would be able to offer a minimum of 4 hours a week.  In addition, we have 4 Trustee meetings a year and an Annual General Meeting.

We are currently reviewing our financial management and controls with a view to establishing a further bookkeeping role to include PAYE.  If you would like more details or a full role description please contact Georgie:

Or click here to download a more detailed Treasurer job description

References will be required.

Exam Stress

Exam Stress

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Around 3 million students will be sitting exams this summer but research carried out by ChildLine reveals concerning statistics about how young people are trying to cope with the upcoming pressures that accompany exam season.

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Simon Says is Hampshire’s Child Bereavement Support Charity, helping children to re-adjust to life after the death of someone important in their lives. Depression can play a part in that re-adjustment.

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The death of someone important can have a devastating effect on a young person. Simon Says provides bereavement and loss services to children and their families in the Hampshire area who are faced with one of the most traumatic events in their lives. It can be a distressing and overwhelming experience for anyone, especially a child. Our support helps to build emotional resilience and develop coping skills, we believe that early intervention of bereavement support for many children will stop problems developing in later life and give them every opportunity to move forward with their grief and flourish. → Read more

Sweating out Sadness

Mar 16, 2016

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Is your family experiencing the painful loss of a loved one? Are you and your children on what can feel like an uncontrollable roller-coaster of emotions such as numbness, anger, denial, desperation and possibly depression?  The grieving process is very powerful and added to its complexity is the erratic pattern these emotions can take. Simon Says hosts monthly support groups in 6 locations across Hampshire, where children can interact with other children and young people who may be experiencing similar emotions and parents can talk with other parents in a welcoming and informal environment.

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Simon Says Survey

Feb 24, 2016

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Dear Parent / Guardian,

We know that Simon Says make a difference. Many parents and children tell us how we helped them in their time of need.

The purpose of this short survey is to gather your views so we can use what you tell us to improve Simon Says and be able to give evidence to potential funders who might support our charity. With your help we will be able to prove our success! Even if you haven’t been in touch recently, your comments will be much appreciated.

If you would be willing to share your story as a case study for us (can be anonymous) please contact Georgie or Jane either via email: or call us: 01794 323934.

Please click on the link below to complete the survey:

Simon Says Survey


Lord Wandsworth College

Mar 17, 2015

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Boarding School Awards

Would your child benefit from a place at a boarding school?  Lord Wandsworth College is renowned for the pastoral care of all its students (11-18) and offers Awards to enable children who have been bereaved of one or both parents to attend as weekly or full boarders.  To enquiry about a Foundation Award for entry in September 2017 or to arrange a visit to the College please contact Gill Wright: or see our website:  The closing date for applications is end of September 2016.