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Stunning new look for TCF publications

Compassion front cover

This month we launched our new look publications...

Compassion, our supportive magazine for bereaved parents, written by bereaved parents....and TCF News, our charity newsletter with articles and features covering fundraising, events and other news going on in charity.

To receive these publications on a regular basis, JOIN TCF as a donating member and they will be sent to you every quarter.

You can view both new-look publications online here:

We are recruiting!

The Compassionate Friends logo

Our charity is expanding and we have two exciting opportunities for some exceptional individuals to join our small team of staff in our National Office, based in London.

We are recruiting for a Volunteer Coordinator who will work with our regional coordinators (also volunteers themselves) and other key pastoral staff and members of our charity to organise the recruitment, screening, induction, training and ongoing development and support of our national volunteer team.

We are also seeking an experienced and highly motivated Fundraiser to develop and implement a fundraising strategy at The Compassionate Friends. This is a new position and we are looking for someone who can bring initiative, creativity and enthusiasm to engaging with donors and inspiring both new and existing members of The Compassionate Friends community.

More information and job descriptions for both these exciting positions within our charity are available here.

Notice of Trustee Election

Compassionate Friends logo

Would you be interested in a rewarding and fulfilling role as a Trustee of The Compassionate Friends? If so, our Board of Trustees would like to invite you to apply to fill vacancies on the Board.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the governance and strategic direction of the charity and as such works in a similar way to a company board of directors, in as much as each trustee takes on an area of responsibility for the benefit of the charity.

The Board would be particularly assisted by individuals with skills and experience in areas such as but not limited to Charity/Company Law, Managing Charity Finances, Information Technology, Fundraising, Training and Events Management, Volunteer Management, Public Relations and Public Speaking, Human Resources, or with other skills and experience which could be of benefit to the work of TCF. This is not an exhaustive list and you may have other skills that would benefit the charity. Being a charity Trustee is a challenging, but rewarding, role and we always look forward to welcoming new people to the Board. Typically, the amount of time that a board member might be prepared to devote to TCF would be approximately 5 hours per week.

A message from the TCF Trustees

We are delighted to announce that our charity is expanding. We are providing more support than ever, with new Local Contacts and Groups, a fully staffed Telephone Helpline, more Supportive Weekends, a thriving Online Forum and several new Facebook supportive groups. To manage all this, we are making some changes:


  • Carolyn Brice appointed CEO
  • Two new positions to be recruited
  • An office move


We are excited at the changes underway in our charity and wish to thank everyone who has helped us make it all happen - all of you who donate to TCF, fundraise for us and most of all our fantastic bereaved parent support volunteers.

New 3 day retreat offers parents support and comfort

Garden at Woodbrooke

The first retreat for parents bereaved by suicide, addiction or substance use was held at Woodbrooke, in Birmingham, from 11-13 July. 52 parents came together, with 12 TCF volunteers, to share stories of their children, talk, cry and laugh together, find friendship, support and comfort. What a wonderful few days - filled with so much inspiration, hope, and understanding.

We received a many emails and letters about the retreat, and we have reprinted a few of these here to give you a flavour of this special gathering.


We hope to repeat this retreat in 2017 so look out for more details and dates.

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