SHARE this.


This week is ‘Dying Matters Awareness Week’ and the theme is ‘Dying to be Heard’.

This is a time for us to reflect on how it is important that we speak with friends and loved ones about the very sensitive subjects of death and dying. It is true that as a society we so often fear having these conversations and we live our lives trying to ignore the reality of death. It must be even harder for people who are lonely and socially isolated who don’t even have anyone to speak to about this subject and to know they are being genuinely listened to when it matters most.

My Dad died in September of last year, although heart breaking, I feel blessed that we as a family  got to share his last days with him in a very loving way. My Dad never went one day without someone visiting him while he was in hospital or the nursing home he stayed towards the end of his life. When he died he knew that we all loved him, not least because we could tell him every time we saw him. After his death our family have made sure to speak of Dad often, which can be upsetting but also bringing much joy. I also went to see a counsellor during the time my Dad was dying and after his death, this too brought a lot of healing and peace for me.

Having said all that, I do realise that I am very lucky to have in many ways a positive experience of death and dying. There are too many in our local community who don’t have the same experience that I had.

Our thoughts at Empowerment are with all those people now, whose loved ones have died with Covid 19. Many of them alone and without family and friends around them – I cannot imagine how painful this must be!

We know in Blackpool that people have died in our own communities, some of these are the very people our team have supported. Now, it is more important than ever to encourage and support a culture whereby we can talk openly about death, and provide spaces for those who are grieving to talk openly and honestly about how they are feeling.

This will mean that for any of us we have to challenge our own discomfort about both talking and listening to conversations about death.

To start that process, you can do no better than checking out the wonderful resources to be found here:

Empowerment are a family of people who pride themselves on creating opportunities for people to talk about their experiences. Death is no exception and we are working together to identify ways in which we can do this in the near future. Will you join us?



Send Us A Message Below

Business Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

Thank you

Thank you for filling out the referral form, we will be in touch soon.
The Den

Please fill in the form below to Apply

Online Application Form


(If yes please give details)

Please list below your education/training and qualifications gained, starting with the most recent.

Education 1

Education 2

Education 3

Education 4

Please enter any further information that you feel may help your application

Please list below your employment history starting with your most recent employment.

Employment 1

Employment 2

Employment 3

Employment 4

Were there any gaps between any of the above jobs listed? If so, how long and what was the reason?

Employment Gap 1

Employment Gap 2

Employment Gap 3

Please detail here your reasons for this application, your main achievements to date and the strengths you would bring to this post. Specifically, please detail how your knowledge, skills and experiences meet the requirements of this role (as summarised in the person specification).
References: Please provide details of at least two referees who can provide information relating to your competency, one of whom must be your present or most recent employer. If you are a student, please give an academic referee. If you are applying for a post which requires unsupervised access to children/vulnerable adults, we reserve the right to approach any past employer for a reference.

Reference 1

Reference 2

Cautions, Rehabilitation and Criminal Records

Do you have any convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings which are not protected as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013)?

If you have answered yes to this question, and the position you are applying for requires a DBS, you will be asked to disclose further details of your criminal record if you are invited to interview.


  1. My signature confirms that the above information is complete and correct and that any untrue or misleading information will give my employer the right to terminate any employment contract offered.
  2. I agree that my previous employers may be approached for references. I also agree that should I be successful in this application. I will, if required, apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service for a standard or enhanced (as appropriate) disclosure. I understand that should I fail to do so, or should the disclosure or reference not be satisfactory, any offer of employment may be withdrawn or my employment terminated. I understand that the declaration of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent me from being offered this role.