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Child Bereavement UK runs groups for young people to get together and meet others who have also experienced the death of someone important in their life. We meet regularly to work on projects to create resources that will help other bereaved young people. Sessions are free to attend. You just need to have access to transport to and from the group and be aged 11-25. The groups take place after school in the evenings, between October – May. We currently have groups for young people in Buckinghamshire, CheshireCumbria, Glasgow, Milton KeynesNewham East London and Queens Park West London.

What happens at the group?

It is not a ‘sitting around talking’ group and it’s not ‘counselling’ – it’s a group of like-minded people meeting up and doing something positive to help others based on our own experiences. There are no expectations of you when you join the group. You don’t have to talk about anything you don’t want to, and participation is always voluntary – you get what you want from it. At the start of the project we talk about issues we would like to address. Then we plan how the project will be developed. In the past, we have designed and developed digital resources, including short films aimed at parents, teachers, friends and other bereaved young people (about what is and is not helpful). The charity organises technical support, such as filming equipment and iPads, to help us make these digital resources. The group takes the lead, with facilitation and support where needed from Child Bereavement UK’s staff and volunteers from the charity’s bereavement support service.

Click HERE to see a pottery project done by the Milton Keynes group.

Here are some tips our young people gave to bereaved parent and former captain of the England football team Rio Ferdinand that were featured in the BBC1 documentary ‘Being Mum and Dad’ –

How to join us

Want to know if there is a group in your area and if the group might help you? Then get in touch and we’ll be happy to have a chat.

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0800 02 888 40