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Advocacy after Fatal Domestic Abuse (AAFDA)

Area served: England and Wales

Telephone: 07768 386922

Website: www.aafda.org.uk

Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse (AAFDA) provide emotional, practical and specialist peer support to those left behind after fatal domestic homicide throughout England and Wales. They also provide advice and training to professionals. Additional they provide information, guidance and advice on homicide reviews, mental health reviews, inquests and other inquiries (including some free legal advice).


Hours: Helpline, Monday to Friday 9-5



Area served: Cheshire & Merseyside, Lancashire, South Yorkshire, Kent & Medway, Thames Valley, Coventry & Warwickshire, Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Telephone: 0330 088 9255

Website: www.amparo.org.uk

Amparo provides emotional and practical support for anybody who has felt the impact of suicide. The service is not just for 'next of kin' and it is free and completely confidential. Support can be provided one-to-one, to family groups, groups of work colleagues – whatever is most appropriate to your situation. Amparo can also help with a range of practical matters such as: dealing with police and coroners; helping with media enquiries; preparing for and attending an inquest and helping you to access other, appropriate, local support services.


Hours: Helpline, Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm


Anthony Nolan Charity

Area served: National

Telephone: 0303 303 0303

Website: www.anthonynolan.org

A national charity offering support, advice and information to people with blood cancer and their families. They have produced a specific resource called Bereavement & Stem Cell Transplant.



At a Loss

Area served: National

Website: www.ataloss.org

At a Loss is the UK's national bereavement signposting website. You can find bereavement services appropriate to your loss and wherever you live in one place along with practical information, helpful resources and helplines. They also hold GriefChat, a free webchat service if you would like advice or to 'talk'. Their service is free to anyone bereaved, whatever their age, gender or cultural background and also for anyone supporting bereaved individuals. From September 2022, offering online therapy groups for loss to cancer and coronavirus loss



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+.


Hours: Helpline, Monday to Friday 9-5


Butterflies Bereavement Support

Area served: Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

Telephone: 02381 55 00 66

Website: www.butterfliesbereavement.co.uk

Butterflies bereavement support is a community based bereavement charity. They reach out to each other, in love and understanding with tolerance and patience. They aim to transform lives through the provision of accessible bereavement care and support for all ages. All services, groups and activities are open to the whole community on an equal basis.


Hours: Helpline, Monday to Wednesday 10am to 12.30pm


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.



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.


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


Cruse Bereavement Support

Area served: England and Wales

Telephone: 0808 808 1677

Website: www.cruse.org.uk

Cruse help people through one of the most painful times in life - with bereavement support, information and campaigning. Volunteers are trained in all types of bereavement and can help make sense of how people are feeling. Helpline and webchat available.



Curly Star Dream Foundation

Area served: Fife and surrounding areas

Telephone: 07716 018 785

Website: www.curlystar.org

The charity supports family, friends and anyone affected by suicide and bereavement in Fife and the surrounding areas. They also campaign to raise awareness in the local community.



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.




Area served: National

Telephone: 0808 802 0925

Website: www.gingerbread.org.uk

Gingerbread want a society in which single parent families are treated equally and fairly. To get there, they provide information to help single parents support themselves and their family. Support is available in single parent groups, online forums, information pages and helpline.




Telephone: 020 7263 1111

Website: www.inquest.org.uk

Will support families in navigating the legal process following a death in state care or detention, and in some other cases where the conduct of the state or corporate bodies are in question. Will provide free and independent advice on the inquest process and related investigations putting the needs of bereaved people at the heart of what they do.


Hours: Helpline, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 10am - 4pm


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.




Area served: Northern Ireland

Telephone: 0808 808 8000

Website: www.lifelinehelpline.info

Services: Anyone of any age living in Northern Ireland can call if they are experiencing distress or despair. Lifeline counsellors are experienced in trauma, suicide, self-harm, abuse, depression, anxiety. Calls about anything that causes concern are welcome.


Marie Curie Bereavement Support Service

Area served: National

Telephone: 0800 090 2309

Website: https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/help/support/bereavement

Services: Call Marie Curie Bereavement Support Service to find out more about being matched with a specially trained telephone volunteer who'll give you regular bereavement support. They'll provide a safe space where you can talk openly about your grief. You can access up to 6 telephone sessions of 45 minutes. This service is available for adults aged 18 or above and provides free ongoing emotional support over the phone with the same person each week, no matter where you live in the UK or whether you've accessed support from Marie Curie before.

Hours: 8am-6pm Monday to Friday and 11am-5pm on Saturday


Mind in the City, Hackney & Waltham Forest

Area served: Hackney & Waltham Forest

Telephone: 0208 985 4239

Website: www.mindchwf.org.uk

Part of the Mind network, Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest is an independent mental health charity providing support for local people. Local support for people dealing with suicide, bereavement & grief, employment, education, universal credit, black & minority residents and championing LGBTQI+ mental health.



MIND Leeds Suicide Bereavement Services

Telephone: 0113 305 5800 email sbs@leedsmind.org.uk

Website: www.leedsmind.org.uk/sbs


MIND Suicide Bereavement Support London and Greater London

Telephone: 020 7259 8100

Website: sbls@bwwmind.org.uk email for referrals sbls@bwwmind.org.uk

1:1 support, peer support groups both in person and online, signposting to other agencies who can help
Online groups for those bereaved by suicide to gain valuable insight and share personal experiences in a safe place, meet every two weeks on a Wednesday at 2pm. Face to face group support takes place every 8 weeks on a Tuesday at 18.00 (6pm) at 23 Monck Street, London, SW1P 2AE


National Bereavement Service

Telephone: 0800 024 6121

Website: www.the NBS.org.uk

Services: Willl support around practical arrangements following a death. This NHS team of advisors will deal with any and every question related to a death. If they don't have the answer, they will try to signpost to someone who does. This information service is free and impartial and works with individuals to identify the best solution in their circumstances using straight-forward language. This is combined with empathy and understanding of the experience of bereavement and if required, directing individuals to longer term sources of emotional support,

Hours: open Mon - Fri 09.00-18.00 and Saturday 10.00 - 14.00


Platfform Wellbeing (Breathe UK)

Area served: National services are remote. Face-to-face services available in Cardiff and Swansea.

Telephone: 02920 440 191

Website: https://platfformwellbeing.com

Services include remote counselling and face-to-face counselling available in Cardiff and Swansea. Open to individuals, couples and children over the age of 7. Low cost service available for unwaged people seeking counselling.

Email address: hello@platfformwellbeing.com


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.



Renfrewshire Bereavement Network

Area served: Renfrewshire

Telephone: 0800 038 6020

Website: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/article/10528/Renfrewshire-Bereavement-Network

A network of local support services whose aim is to reach any person living in the Renfrewshire area who has experienced a loss or is coping with grief following the death of someone close to you, or the loss of something that is important to you, you can get support from the network. They
provide access to advice, guidance and counselling.



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.


Hours: Helpline, Monday to Friday 9-5


Stevenage Bereavement Support Group

Area served: Stevenage, Hertfordshire

Telephone: 01438 361616

Website: www.stevenage-vineyard.co.uk/compassion/stevenage-bereavement-support-group/

The Stevenage Bereavement Support Group provides a safe place for adults bereaved in any circumstances who live in Stevenage and the surrounding area to share their grief with those that understand. Run by trained volunteers and working with agencies and charities across the town, the group meetings are held monthly and are free to attend.


Hours: Office hours Tuesday - Wednesday 10:00-16:00 and Fridays 10:00-16:00



Area served: National

Telephone: 0800 915 0400

Website: www.strongmen.org.uk

Their aim is to support men following bereavement. Grief can cause severe emotional and physical health conditions which are often overlooked and even ignored, especially in men.



Suicide & Co

Area served: National

Telephone: 0800 054 8400

Website: www.suicideandco.org

Offers advice and guidance to anyone bereaved by suicide. They offer a helpline for anyone who has lost someone close to suicide. Helpline team are counsellors. Can also provide counselling up to 12 sessions for anyone over 18 bereaved by suicide. Also offer signposting to other helpful organisations and support.



The Good Grief Trust

Area served: National

Telephone: 0800 2600 400

Website: www.thegoodgrieftrust.org

A charity offering help and hope in one online website. It is run by the bereaved for the bereaved. They try to guide you in the right direction for the support you need when you have been bereaved. This is offered through practical help and tips, support organisations and things to consider when you are bereaved.



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.



The Road Victims Trust

Area served: Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire

Telephone: 01234 843345

Website: www.rvtrust.org.uk

The Road Victims Trust works in partnership with the Police, Coroner and Crown Prosecution Service across all 3 counties. They provide information and emotional support for as long as it is useful at home, in their office or by phone to individuals and family members. This service is free.



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.



Walk With Us

Area served: National

Website: https://suicidebereavementuk.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Walk-With-Us-Toolkit.pdf

Services: Walk With Us is a free online resource and toolkit launched in South Yorkshire for those who support children, young people and families bereaved by suicide. It has been co-produced with children and young people. Please download a copy using the link above.


Way Up

Area served: National

Website: https://way-up.co.uk/

Services: An active, online self-help group offering mutual and practical support primarily to those in their 50s and 60s who have been widowed although not exclusively for those who have been widowed. Please note: there is no formal network of national groups or area organisers.


WAY Widowed & Young

Area served: National

Telephone: 0300 201 005

Website: www.widowedandyoung.org.uk

WAY is a UK charity that offers a peer-to-peer support network for anyone who's lost a partner before their 51st birthday – married or not, with or without children, inclusive of sexual orientation, gender, race and religion.


Hours: Monday – Friday 9.30 am - 5 pm



Area served: National

Website: www.welldoing.org

Provides a therapist matching service for in person and online therapy. All therapists listed should be accredited.
Please note: this organisation is not a charity but offers sources for private therapy.



Widowed in Need

Area served: National

Website: www.widowedinneed.org

Small charity created by a group of widowed people with the aim of supporting widows and widowers in financial distress. Support is offered through grants.



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