Could you do something special to help local children and families who are grieving, or do you know a child who needs support? The Children’s Bereavement Centre provides free specialist support for children aged three to 18 and families affected by the death or terminal-illness of someone important to them. The charity works to improve children’s and young people’s health through helping them to process their loss, help them achieve their potential and to build their resilience.
There is now a permanent base at The Crossing Centre in Worksop as well as access to venues in Retford and the surrounding areas. Support is delivered by clinical coordinator Sarah Moakes and a team of clinical volunteers. Sarah said: “Now that our services are established in Bassetlaw, we are developing more local one-to-one therapeutic support and counselling, workshops, advice and training in the area for children and families who have been bereaved as well as the professionals who support them.
“To do this, the charity need help to spread the word about the support that is available for families, to recruit volunteers and to raise as much money as possible. We’re extremely grateful for any support the public can give.”
Olivia Bradford (volunteer co-ordinator) added: “If you would like to know more about the charity or are interested in becoming a volunteer, there are lots of different ways to get involved either within the community or supporting children directly. Prior to beginning support in Bassetlaw, families had to make the 40-mile round trip to visit the charity at its centre in Newark, so we are keen to continue developing our local support which is provided free of charge thanks to fundraising, donations and Bassetlaw CCG.”
If you would like to find out more about the charity please visit www.childrensbereavementcentre.co.uk or call 01636 551739.