Ever wondered what a typical day looks like for #TeamCompton? Well now you can find out!
Over a series of blogs we will be introducing you to various members of staff from across the organisation and giving you an insight into their daily routines.
This week we’re focusing on Maz Kull, our Community Engagement Coordinator.
Hi, I’m Maz. I’ve worked at Compton as a member of the Community Development Team since 2017. My role as Community Engagement Coordinator has seen me become involved in a variety of projects in and around the local community, such as facilitating our Compassionate Communities offer, which includes our Bereavement Information Hubs and Life Cafés. We host a variety of other sessions and workshops too, in order to support those who are affected by an incurable condition or those caring for someone who is.
My favourite thing – Spending time with my family – even though they have flown the nest quite some time ago, we have a family meal each week which is an extremely special time.
My least favourite things – Sprouts! I just don’t like the taste.
Did you know?
The Compton Care Compassionate Communities approach encourages people to support one another in order to reduce isolation and improve the health and wellbeing of members of their local community.
A Typical Day
My day usually starts at 8am with checking my emails and updating my to-do list. I update any data from the previous day’s activities, and check for any new referrals for our Bereavement Information Hubs. The hubs, which take place in various locations across Wolverhampton, offer peer support for those affected by loss and grief, and allow people to meet others who may be experiencing a similar situation. More recently, we launched a face-to-face men’s Bereavement Hub which takes place at the Molineux on the first Thursday of each month, in partnership with the Wolves Foundation.
I also check for referrals to our Befriending Service, a scheme which aims to support lonely or isolated carers, bereaved people, and those living with an incurable condition.
At the moment, because of the pandemic, I am facilitating the Bereavement Information Hubs which are usually run by our team of volunteers. If there is a hub in the morning, I am there by 9.45am to set up the room, ready to welcome people to the session. If the hub is in the afternoon, I set up for a 1.30pm start.
I usually spend my time developing projects and ideas to expand the reach of Compassionate Communities, which is about encouraging people to think about their future care wishes. The activities I develop facilitate conversations about supporting people in their community who are living with an incurable condition or who are experiencing loss and grief. This can include recruiting and training volunteers who then facilitate the hubs, or developing workshops and activities to encourage conversations, and so I will often be found working on session plans and presentations which we can deliver in the community.
I also frequently work with our partners across Wolverhampton, South Staffordshire and the Black Country, to identify ways in which we can work together to increase participation in the work we do and the activities we offer.
Before I log off for the day, I give a final check on my emails, making sure there isn’t anything that needs an immediate response before the next day. It’s fair to say no two days are the same in this role!
For more information on the Compassionate Communities offer, please click here or call 0300 323 0250.