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2Wish

Area served: Wales

Telephone: 01443 853125

Website: www.2wish.org.uk

2wish support anyone affected by the death of a child or young adult who has died suddenly or unexpectedly. A child is someone under the age of 18 and a young adult is aged 25 years and under. The child or young person who has died must be Welsh, must have resided in Wales or the death must have occurred in Wales.

info@2wish.org.uk

 

A Child of Mine

Area served: Staffordshire

Telephone: 07803 751229

Website: www.achildofmine.org.uk

Provides confidential emotional support, information, guidance and a listening ear to any family who has lost a child at any age or gestation, and from any circumstances. 1 to 1 emotional support, group sessions, days out and small financial grants to parents and families across Staffordshire. Groups are also provided for both younger and older bereaved children who have lost a sibling. They can offer telephone and email emotional support to families outside of Staffordshire, and signposting to other local organisations and charities.

hello@achildofmine.org.uk

Hours: Helpline, Monday to Friday 9-5

 

Aidan's Elephants

Area served: National

Website: www.aidanselephants.co.uk

A charity which donates memory boxes, receipt of life certificates and other memory keepsakes to Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, Yorkshire. Also offers national online support via its website and social media to anyone affected by the loss of a baby or young child of any gestation or age. Will signpost bereaved parents to other organisations where necessary.

aidanselephants@gmail.com

 

Anam Cara Northern Ireland

Area served: Northern Ireland

Telephone: 028 9521 3120

Website: www.anamcarani.co.uk

An organisation in Northern Ireland providing online, 1 to 1 support calls and face to face peer support services for bereaved parents and siblings.

info@anamcarani.co.uk

 

Balloons Charity

Area served: Exeter, Mid and East Devon

Telephone: 01392 826065

Website: www.balloonscharity.co.uk

Balloons is a charity that provides support for pre-bereaved and post-bereaved children, young people and their families in Exeter, Mid and East Devon. They provide a dedicated phone line, one-to-one support with children and young people in a safe environment.

admin@balloonscharity.co.uk

 

Bristol Drugs Project (BDP)

Area served: Bristol

Telephone: 0117 987 6000

Website: www.bdp.org.uk

Bristol drug project is a free drug and alcohol support offering a range of services. They are open and inclusive and have designed a range of support options for women, children and young people, older people, students, veterans, men and LGBT+.

info@bdp.org.uk

Hours: Helpline, Monday to Friday 9-5

 

Centre 33

Area served: Cambridgeshire and surrounding areas

Telephone: 0333 414 1809

Website: www.centre33.org.uk

Centre 33 aims to help every young person fulfil their potential. They aim to relieve and prevent suffering caused by mental or physical ill health, or by financial hardship, or need caused by other reasons, through the provision of counselling, information and other services to support young people aged 25 and under in the City of Cambridge, the County of Cambridgeshire, the City of Peterborough and surrounding areas.

hello@centre33.org.uk

 

Child Bereavement UK (CBUK)

Area served: National

Telephone: 0800 02 888 40

Website: www.childbereavementuk.org

Supporting children, young people, parents, and families to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies. They also educates professionals when a baby or child dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.

helpline@childbereavementuk.org

 

Childline

Area served: National

Telephone: 0800 1111

Website: www.childline.org.uk

Services: Childline helps anyone under the age of 19 in the UK with any issue they are going through. They can talk about anything and can have counselling and bereavement support available. Telephone, email or 1-2-1 counsellor chats are available. Each person must set up an account to have private access to all.

Hours: 24 hours daily

 

Cruse Bereavement Care NI

Area served: Northern Ireland

Telephone: 0808 808 1677

Website: www.cruse.org.uk/get-help/local-services/northern-ireland

Part of the national organisation CRUSE, that has a Northern Ireland support. Seven different areas are covered offering phone and email support for bereaved families.

helpline@cruse.org.uk

 

Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland

Area served: Scotland

Telephone: 0808 802 6161

Website: www.crusescotland.org

Cruse Scotland is the nation's expert in bereavement counselling, listening services, information, advice and training. They aim to create a compassionate country where grief is properly discussed, understood and supported. Their people are mainly counselling and helpline volunteers, supported by a small staff team. Helpline, face to face support, information, support groups and webchat.

helpline@cruse.org.uk

Hours: Helpline, Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm

 

Daisy's Dream

Area served: Berkshire and Cheshire East

Telephone: 0118 934 2604

Website: www.daisysdream.org.uk

One to one support for bereaved children and families across Berkshire and Cheshire East. Also support where serious illness diagnosed or when facing bereavement. This can be through telephone, email and group support.

info@daisysdream.org.uk

 

Edward's Trust

Area served: West Midlands

Telephone: 0121 454 1705

Website: www.edwardstrust.org.uk

Edward’s Trust offer a holistic approach to supporting people through bereavement and loss. They offer counselling (1 to 1 or as a couple) support groups, play therapy, wellbeing therapies and social events. They are also able to offer support to parents bereaved, or about to be bereaved, of their son or daughter – whatever the age of their child or cause of death. Children and young people aged between 4 – 24 years who are bereaved, or are about to be bereaved, of a parent, grandparent, significant carer, sibling or friend.

admin@edwardstrust.org.uk

 

Falkirk Trinity Church Seasons for Growth Bereavement Support

Area served: Falkirk and surrounding Forth Valley

Telephone: 01324 611 017

Website: www.falkirktrinity.org.uk/adult-seasons-for-growth-bereavement-support

The groups are open to anyone in the community who has experienced the death of someone close to them, whether recently or some time ago. They aim to help participants develop the skills and knowledge to understand and manage their grief.

bereavementsupport@falkirktrinity.org.uk

 

Family Lives

Area served: National

Telephone: 0808 800 2222

Website: www.familylives.org.uk

Family lives (previously known as Parentline) offers confidential, free, helpline services either by telephone or live online chat. They also offer information, guidance and support on any aspect of parenting and family life including bullying, special educational needs and support for specific communities.

askus@familylives.org.uk

Hours: Helpline, Monday to Friday 1.30pm to 9pm

 

Forever Stars

Area served: East Midlands

Telephone: 0787 246 3856

Website: www.foreverstars.org

An East Midlands charity dedicated to supporting families who have suffered a stillbirth or infant loss. The charity funds bereavement suites, training for midwives, counselling services for siblings affected by baby loss as well as providing support materials for families and a remembrance garden.

jo.sharp@foreverstars.org

 

Grief Encounter

Area served: National

Telephone: 0800 802 0111

Website: www.griefencounter.org.uk

Grief encounter have been providing free, professional and specialist bereavement support services to ensure children and young people access the best possible support following the death of someone close. Counselling, workshops, music/art/drama therapy, residential events, and a helpline via phone/email and live chat.

grieftalk@griefencounter.org.uk

Hours: Helpline, Monday to Friday 9am - 9pm

 

Havering and Brentwood Bereavement Service Counselling (HBBS)

Area served: Essex

Telephone: 01277 283199

Website: www.hbbscounselling.org

HBBS is a local 'not for profit' organisation offering a professional and confidential counselling service to local adults, young people and children. Although the work was primarily addressing issues relating to bereavement they now offer generic counselling to support people. Havering, Brentwood and now extends to Billericay, Wickford, Laindon, Pitsea and Basildon.

enquiries@hbbscounselling.org

 

Hope Again

Area served: National

Telephone: 0808 808 1677

Website: www.hopeagain.org.uk

Hope Again is the youth website of Cruse Bereavement Support. It is a safe place where they can learn from other young people, how to cope with grief, and feel less alone. Here they will find information about services, a listening ear from other young people and advice for any young person dealing with the loss of a loved one.

hopeagain@cruse.org.uk

 

How to speak to a child about death and dying

Website: https://www.memorialsofdistinction.co.uk/useful-guides/an-experts-guide-on-how-to-talk-to-children-about-death

Services: This is a handy page of information and examples of how to talk to children about death and funerals.

 

Kaleidoscope Plus

Area served: National

Telephone: 0121 565 5605

Website: www.kaleidoscopeplus.org.uk

24 hour text crisis support, suicide prevention services, bereavement support, counselling in the community, mental health services for children and activity groups within the community aimed at promoting inclusion, support, recovery, wellness and self-care.

info@kaleidoscopeplus.org.uk

 

Let's Talk About Loss

Area served: National

Website: www.letstalkaboutloss.org

Let's talk about loss is a safe space to talk through taboos and address the reality of losing someone close to you when you are young. They run meet ups across the UK for young people aged between 18 and 35 encouraging everyone to talk about grief.

hello@letstalkaboutloss.org

 

Living On

Area served: BR6 postcode

Telephone: 07808 527 677 or 07759 697 223

Website: www.livingon.org.uk

Living on is a bereavement service supporting children their families in the BR6 postcode area. They have a range of services available to support.

admin@livingon.org.uk

 

Lone Twin Network

Area served: National

Website: www.lonetwinnetwork.org.uk

The Lone Twin Network is a voluntary support group run by and for twin less twins, over the age of 18, whose loss has occurred at or around birth, in childhood or during adulthood. Offering support through meetings and personal contact to people through the UK.

Contact online via blog posts.

 

Love, Jasmine

Area served: Merseyside

Telephone: 0151 459 4779

Website: www.lovejasmine.org.uk

A bereavement support charity offering support to bereaved families in the Merseyside area. Support offered through one to one counselling, Adult Groups, Family Group Work, Sibling Support Groups (for children between the ages of 4-11) and Coffee Mornings.

enquiries@lovejasmine.org.uk

Hours: Monday to Friday, 09.30 - 17.00

 

Mosaic Family Support Child Bereavement Charity

Area served: Dorset

Telephone: 01258 837 071

Website: www.mosaicfamilysupport.org

Mosaic is a Dorset wide charity offering a pathway of support to bereaved children, young people and their families. They also work with young people who are facing the death of a loved one. Mosaic provides individual, family and group support. Every child has the opportunity to attend our residential weekend programme where they can meet others and share their experiences.

info@mosaicfamilysupport.org

 

Nelson's Journey

Area served: Norfolk

Telephone: 01603 431 788

Website: www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk

Nelson's Journey supports children and young people in Norfolk who've experienced the death of a significant person. Offering support through a variety of methods, referral in the first instance (by families or professionals).

enquiries@nelsonsjourney.org.uk

 

Notre Dame Centre

Area served: Glasgow and Surrounding Areas

Telephone: 0141 339 2366

Website: www.notredamecentre.org.uk

Using a range of evidence based therapeutic approaches, they provide a service to vulnerable children and their families. They also offer the seasons for growth programme which is a loss and grief support for children aged 6-18.

info@notredamecentre.org.uk

 

Our Lost Love Years (OLLY)

Area served: Merseyside, Wirral and Southport

Telephone: 0151 709 2994

Website: www.ourlostloveyears.co.uk

Our Lost Love Years (O.L.L.Y Children's Charity) supports children bereaved from 4 - 16 years of age from Merseyside, Wirral and Southport. The children are supported from a wide range of activities and help them to deal with their feelings and emotions.

jeantaylor@familiesfightingforjustice.com

 

PAPYRUS

Area served: National

Telephone: 0800 068 4141

Website: www.papyrus-uk.org

Papyrus' helpline: HOPELineUK is a specialist telephone service staffed by trained professionals who give non-judgemental support, practical advice and information to children, teenagers and young people up to the age of 35 who are worried about how they are feeling, or anyone who is concerned about a young person.

pat@papyrus-uk.org
northernireland@papyrus-uk.org (for Northern Ireland)

Hours: Daily from 9am to Midnight

 

Penhaligon's Friends

Area served: Cornwall

Telephone: 01209 210 624

Website: www.penhaligonsfriends.org.uk

Cornish charity supporting bereaved children and young people throughout the county. Offers the opportunity to meet others and share experiences. Also offers practical resources.

enquiries@penhaligonsfriends.org.uk

 

PRISM Community Bereavement Service

Area served: Telford, Wrekin & Shropshire

Telephone: 01952 977 163

Website: www.prismcommunityservices.org.uk

They offer peer support, a listening ear, guidance and support for adults, children and young people. For people in Telford, Wrekin and Shropshire areas.

prismtelford@gmail.com

 

Reubens Retreat

Area served: National

Telephone: 01457 680 003

Website: www.reubensretreat.org

Reuben’s Retreat is a home-from-home for families bereaved of a child and for children with life limiting or threatening conditions and their parents and siblings. They walk side-by-side with individuals to whole families so they are not alone, providing support that is specific to their needs including therapeutic activities, counselling, drop-in and peer support groups, plus fun times, memory making and short breaks.

enquiries@reubensretreat.org.uk

 

See Saw Oxfordshire

Area served: Oxfordshire

Telephone: 01865 744 768

Website: www.seesaw.org.uk

SeeSaw provides support for children, young people and their families in Oxfordshire when they have been bereaved or when somebody close to them is terminally ill.

info@seesaw.org.uk

 

Shining a Light on Suicide

Area served: Greater Manchester

Telephone: 0161 989 0902

Website: www.shiningalightonsuicide.org.uk

They are bringing suicide out of the dark in Greater Manchester because it affects everyone. Whether you’re feeling suicidal, worried someone else is, or have lost someone to suicide, people are not alone. Information, help and signposting to local support.

salccg.gm.bs@nhs.net

Hours: Helpline, Monday to Friday 9-5

 

Simon Says

Area served: Hampshire

Telephone: 023 8064 7550

Website: www.simonsays.org.uk

Simon Says is a child bereavement support aiming to support Hampshire children and young people up to the age of 18 years who have a significant person in their life who has died or is dying.

info@simonsays.org.uk

 

Somerset Suicide Bereavement Support Service

Area served: Somerset

Telephone: 0300 330 5463 (24 hours)

Website: www.mindinsomerset.org.uk/our-services/somerset-suicide-bereavement-support-service

Somerset Suicide Bereavement Support Service is for anyone bereaved by suicide in Somerset. They offer emotional support as well as guidance through the trauma of sorting out personal affairs. The service operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

info@mindinsomerset.org.uk

 

Somewhere For Us

Area served: Northern Ireland

Telephone: 0808 808 1677

Website: www.hopeagain.org.uk/somewhere-for-us-project

The ‘Somewhere For Us’ project has been created to bring young people together in NI after the death of a loved one. The project aims to form connections and lasting communities between those who have been bereaved through the Youth Advisory Group (YAG). Somewhere for us is part of CRUSE.

eleanor.ellerslie@cruse.org.uk

 

Stand Alone

Area served: National

Telephone: 020 7407 9500

Website: www.standalone.org.uk

Stand Alone is a charity supporting people that are estranged from their family or children. They work to prevent estranged adults becoming vulnerable. Support groups as well as practical advice and guides.

contact@standalone.org.uk

 

Strathcarron Hospice

Area served: Falkirk and surrounding area

Telephone: 01324 827 383

Website: www.strathcarronhospice.net

Offers a range of palliative and post bereavement support for adults. Strathcarron also runs support groups for children aged 6 – 18 when they have been affected by loss, grief and change because someone who is special to them has died.

patient-care@strathcarronhospice.net

 

Sunrise Partnership

Area served: Aberdeenshire

Telephone: 07827 755735

Website: www.sunrisepartnership.org

Offers a range support for children / young people up to 18 years who have experienced bereavement or significant loss in 1:1 sessions and group work. Can help with any bereaved siblings under 18.

support@sunrisepartnership.org

 

Support after Suicide Partnership (SASP)

Area served: National

Website: www.supportaftersuicide.org.uk

Services: The Support After Suicide Partnership brings together suicide bereavement organisations and people with lived experience, to achieve a vision that everyone bereaved or affected by suicide is offered timely and appropriate support. Signposts to other specific organisations, local or due to circumstances.

 

Surviving the loss of your world (SLOW)

Area served: London

Telephone: 07532 423 674

Website: www.slowgroup.co.uk

They support bereaved parents and siblings with peer support, from other bereaved parents and siblings and share experiences. They are currently running face to face bereaved parent support groups, both weekly and monthly, in London. They are also offering support groups virtually via Zoom for bereaved parents and adult siblings across the UK. All groups run during school term times.

info@slowgroup.co.uk

 

Team Jak

Area served: Scotland

Telephone: 01506 412302

Website: www.teamjak.org.uk

They offer practical, social, and emotional support to children and young people aged 0-25 with cancer and related illnesses, their family, friends and those bereaved. Hospital visits, activities for families, angel days to sibling support.

info@teamjak.org.uk

 

The Alder Centre

Area served: Liverpool and surrounding area

Telephone: 0151 252 5391

Website: www.aldercentre.org.uk

The Alder Centre is a place like no other, providing bereavement care and education for anyone affected by the death of a child of any age. They provide a variety of free, confidential services to people bereaved through child loss. Counselling, befriending, therapeutic breaks and holistic therapies are available.

alder.centre@alderhey.nhs.uk

Hours: Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm

 

The Bodie Hodges Foundation Bereavement Support Service

Area served: Leicestershire and Rutland

Telephone: 0116 2436 367 ext 302

Website: www.bodiehodgesfoundation.co.uk/bereavement-support-service

Bodies bereavement service supports parents and children in the first year after the child has died. They support the whole family, including siblings as well as blended families.

nicola@bodiehodgesfoundation.co.uk or call 07483 347 008

 

The Dove Service

Area served: Stoke on Trent & North Staffordshire

Telephone: 01782 683 155

Website: www.thedoveservice.org.uk

Support and counselling for anyone within the community in Stoke on Trent & North Staffordshire from the age of 4+ who are experiencing issues relating to bereavement, loss or life-changing illness. Counsellors specialise in working with bereaved children, young people and families.

enquiries@thedoveservice.org.uk

 

The Laura Centre

Area served: Leicester, Derby, Nottingham and Coventry

Telephone: 0116 2544341

Website: www.thelauracentre.org.uk

The Laura Centre is a friendly and easily accessible service, providing professional holistic support to bereaved families. They support parents who have lost children and children who have lost a parent. The service is free of charge. A death in the family of a child or parent, is a devastating and traumatic loss. Based in Leicester, with centres also in Derby and Coventry, the centre offers wide ranging individual and group support as well as a variety of alternative therapies. They have recently started working with the Zephyr Project offering counselling services at Nottingham City Hospital.

info@thelauracentre.org.uk

 

The Loss Foundation

Area served: London

Telephone: 0300 200 4112

Website: www.thelossfoundation.org

A charity offering in-person support following the loss of a loved one to cancer and COVID. Support is offered in London in the form of bereavement support groups and other supportive social events. They also provide an array of bereavement information on their website to support those that fall out of their support group catchment area.

hello@thelossfoundation.org

 

Together for Short Lives

Area served: National

Telephone: Helpline 0808 8088100

Website: www.togetherforshortlives.org.uk

Together for Short Lives is the UK charity that is there to make sure that seriously ill children and their families can make the most of every moment they have together. Offering confidential emotional support and information so that families spend less time searching for information and more time together. Together for Short Lives was formed after the merger of ACT and Children's Hospices UK.

helpline@togetherforshortlives.org.uk

 

Touched by Suicide (Scotland)

Area served: Scotland

Telephone: 0141 584 3211

Website: www.touchedbysuicidescotland.org

A self help organisation in Scotland which exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend. They run groups in Scotland.

touchedbysuicidescotland@hotmail.co.uk

 

Victim Support England & Wales

Area served: England and Wales

Telephone: 0808 168 9111

Website: www.victimsupport.org.uk

Services: Free and confidential support for anyone affected by crime. They also have a specific support for families bereaved by crime.

 

Victim Support Northern Ireland

Area served: Northern Ireland

Telephone: 028 9024 3133

Website: www.victimsupportni.com

Services: Free and confidential support for anyone affected by crime. They also have a specific support for families bereaved by crime.

 

Victim Support Scotland

Area served: Scotland

Telephone: 0800 160 1985

Website: www.victimsupportsco.org.uk

Free and confidential support for anyone affected by crime. They also have a specific support for families bereaved by crime.

info@victimsupportsco.org.uk

 

Winston's Wish

Area served: National

Telephone: 08088 020 021

Website: www.winstonswish.org

Winston’s Wish supports bereaved children, young people, their families and the professionals who support them. We provide support to children, young people (up to 25) and families when someone dies.

ask@winstonswish.org

 

Young Lives vs Cancer

Area served: National

Telephone: 0300 330 0803

Website: www.younglivesvscancer.org.uk

They are the charity that helps children and young people and their families find the strength to face whatever cancer throws at them. #TeamYoungLives

supporter.services@younglivesvscancer.org.uk

 

Young Minds

Area served: National

Telephone: 020 7089 5050

Website: www.youngminds.org.uk

Young minds is a charity fighting for young people's mental health. Parents Helpline 0808 802 5544 for detailed advice, emotional support and signposting about a child or young person up to the age of 25.

ymenquiries@youngminds.org.uk

 

Zephyr's

Area served: Nottingham and surrounding areas

Telephone: 07915 995532

Website: www.zephyrsnottingham.org.uk

Zephyr's - support for bereaved families touched by pregnancy loss or the death of a baby or child of any age. Their creative, and holistic approach is softly nurturing, inclusive, non judgemental and open to anyone in Nottingham county, and beyond. Their events and activities have included counselling, yoga, photography, crafts, social Saturdays, seasonal walks, weekly drop ins, creative writing, celebrations, and much more.

contact@zephyrsnottingham.org.uk

 

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