North Development Project

Child Bereavement UK believes all families should have the support they need to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies. Our mission is to ensure the accessibility of high quality child bereavement support and information to all families and professionals by increasing our reach and plugging the gaps that currently exist in bereavement support and training.

In September 2016, Child Bereavement UK received three years’ funding from MariaMarina Foundation to improve bereavement support in four specific areas across the north of England. In summer 2019 we were pleased to be awarded a further three years’ funding so we now have a full-time Bereavement Support Practitioner in each of the areas: Wirral; Bradford; Teesside and Greater Manchester (2 practitioners in Greater Manchester)

Project aims

  • The North Development Project will work in partnership with local education, health and social care services, as well as with other voluntary organisations in the area which encounter bereavement issues.
  • We will map the provision of bereavement support and set up Networking and Advisory Groups to include members from statutory and voluntary agencies, together with representation from bereaved families. These groups will work together to identify local needs and create pathways of support.
  • Where gaps in support for bereaved families are identified, we will work to provide ‘drop-in’ information and support sessions for families and, where appropriate, initiate young people’s groups and/or our Family Support Programme, assisted by trained volunteers.
  • We will work together to provide bereavement awareness training for organisations through in-house training sessions and annual study days in each area.
  • We will be able to offer some direct support work for children and young people up to age 25, and advice and guidance for others who are supporting them

Public, statutory and voluntary agencies in Bradford, East Wirral, Greater Manchester and Teesside may contact the North Development Team for:

  • Guidance and information on a wide range of topics and issues
  • Details about the direct support Child Bereavement UK can offer
  • Signposting to other organisations which can offer further support


The North Development Project team can offer after school consultations for a specific incident, or Bereavement Awareness sessions to school staff. We can also assist in the production of a school bereavement policy.

We can provide workplace bereavement training to help organisations and employers gain knowledge of how best to support staff and their families.

We can also discuss with you specific training that Child Bereavement UK offers at our dedicated centres and at other venues around the country.

Contact us


[email protected] / 07399 523 272

Greater Manchester
[email protected] / 07587 076 047


This service is kindly supported by the MariaMarina Foundation.