Support our chosen cause!
Every few months we will be choosing a local charity to bring to your attention. Even the smallest amount of support for these organisations could make the world of difference to them. Our chosen charity for the next few months is Cruse Bereavement Birmingham who do sterling work supporting people struggling to cope with loss.
Cruse Bereavement Care is here to support you after the death of someone close. If someone you know has died and you need to talk, call 0121 687 8011.
Demand in Birmingham has increased by over 20% in the last two years and last year we supported nearly 1000 Birmingham residents by offering a wide range of free bereavement support services including:
Family Support Group- One in four children who come to Cruse in Birmingham are bereaved through murder or suicide, a significantly higher proportion than adults. These traumatically bereaved families require longer term, multi-tiered support.
Our group offers a holistic approach to family bereavement. The Youth Worker and volunteers facilitate therapeutic play, work shops and opportunities for the families to express their feelings, fears and encourage open and honest communication within the safety of this group. Our Youth Worker uses current evidence based research to tailor work shops and sessions around certain bereavement themes. Volunteers within this group receive additional training and supervision due to the nature of the support they provide.( 10 families per year)
Additional groups: Bereaved by Cancer Groups, New Beginnings Group, Friendship Group, Bereaved by Suicide Group and Bereaved by Murder Group.( 1430 facilitated sessions)
Telephone information and support for clients and professionals (4452 inward calls last year)
One to one sessions for children and adults ( 1900 sessions)
Bereavement awareness talks to schools, other third sector organisations and community groups.( 12 schools/organisations per year) Locally our Youth Worker has produced a Primary Schools Resources Pack, which has been made available free of charge to primary schools within the region (approximately 700 schools), thanks to one of our sponsors.
External training- to professionals and organisations, including British Heart Foundation and West Midlands Ambulance Service.
These services are delivered by a group of dedicated staff and volunteers at a range of locations around Birmingham. All our volunteers undertake a national recognised qualification in bereavement support and are DBS checked. We provide monthly supervision for volunteers to ensure best practice and provide a varied internal CPD training calendar. In the future we are looking at how we can make our service more accessible to men, and hoping to raise funds to launch online support and a “Men’s Group” .