Local Volunteer Support Contacts befriend and support other bereaved parents in their local area. You will be using your own experience and ways of coping to be alongside another bereaved parent through offering empathy, understanding, reassurance and hope. Your support will be offered via telephone, email or face-to-face meetings.
Bereaved parents may be referred to you by our national helpline, through word of mouth or because you have publicised your support locally. You will be supporting newly bereaved parents in the first months of their loss as well as parents who are longer bereaved. The parents you will be supporting will have lost a child aged between 3 months old up to an adult child. Their loss may be through any circumstances. Some parents may only require support for a short period of time, others will need your support for longer.
Where appropriate, you may put parents in your area (often with similar bereavement experiences) in touch with one another so that they can support each other and develop friendships. You may also work closely with your local volunteer group facilitator (if there is a group nearby) to encourage parents to access this group support too, where appropriate.
For this volunteer support role, we ask that you
Please note: We ask our volunteers to apply for an enhanced Disclosure Barring Certificate (DBS – police check) for working with vulnerable adults. If something of significance/concern comes up on the DBS certificate and/or during the application process for a new TCF volunteer, we will raise this with the volunteer directly. Having discussed the circumstances, we may need to make a decision about whether or not it is appropriate to proceed with the application. As we are working with vulnerable adults, we appreciate your understanding and support in this matter.
Some of the qualities that make a good volunteer local support contact are:
Each year thousands of parents suffer the loss of a son or a daughter. Please help us to support families in their time of greatest need.