We want to offer, free of charge, 8 group sessions, 2 per group over a year, to 1) children 2) young people 3) parents/grandparents/carers and 4) families coping with the death of a grandparent. We are a children and young people's bereavement charity who work in Cheshire East. We believe that whilst attending a group is not for everyone, we know they can have a very significant and positive impact on participants. Finding the right venue for each group session is very important especially for the children and young people. It needs to be somewhere fun, with space and breakout rooms if necessary. A mixture of activities will be held throughout the day giving children and young people the space to think about their loved ones and opportunities to explore how they feel with a chance of sharing it with others in the same position. Venues are slightly easier for the other two groups but again need to be somewhere nice to go and space to allow themselves time to discuss and grieve.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
We want it to become an annual group work programme. 3 specific outcomes will be 1) to reduce the sense of isolation so commonly experienced following a bereavement 2) to gain a greater understanding of what has happened and its impact and 3) to improve communication - within a family communication following a bereavement can often be difficult, we hope that children and young people will feel more able to openly communicate their story. Attending a group session and they have two per year to attend is a very powerful and positive experience for those participating. For some children and young people it is a more effective way of delivering support than face to face work, for others it is an important additional element supplementing their ongoing support. We know that these group sessions usually alongside one to one support helps everyone involved come to terms with what has happened. This may mean for children and young people they can concentrate better in school.
Steps to get it done:
We currently have over 60 children and young people that we are working with in Cheshire East and that number does not include their parents/carers. We support all the family in whatever way they may need it and support schools too in helping them guide the child or young person through a very difficult time. We have also had cases where a teacher has suddenly passed away so all the school has been supported or a child is terminally ill so helping not just them and their family but the teachers and classmates too. The families have been asking us about doing some group work sessions and we have recently got another therapeutic practitioner so we are now in a position to deliver it. They both work part time and cover 5 days a week. We are also busy recruiting volunteers to help us deliver the group sessions and as you can imagine there is a lot to prepare i.e. find the right venue, safeguarding checks of all volunteers, before we can do the group work.
About the space
Cheshire East Council