Following a one year grant of £9,230 from The National Lottery: Awards for All scheme in August 2011 to help young people who are struggling to cope with grief or caring duties, we are able to report that:
We worked alongside young people and their parents to develop a range of leaflets relating to:
- “Talking with a Child about Death”
- “Sibling Support” Groups for 5 – 11yr olds & 12 – 16 yr olds
- Parents guide: “Supporting Bereaved Children & Young People”
- “Support for Bereaved Parents”
- “Counselling Support”
- Professionals Guide: “Supporting Bereaved Parents”
to download the leaflets
We thank the Royal College of Psychiatrists for their support in developing the information packs and giving permission to host links to their website on topics relating to Bereavement and Mental Health in a range of languages.
We worked with 24 parents of children with life limited / threatening conditions living in Coastal Kent regions to develop local Self-Help Support Groups reducing isolation and sharing information. We continue to offer support to such parents whilst encouraging the development of local networks of support.
We developed a training package for schools to promote awareness of ‘loss and change’ in staff and students. Our work students focused on normalising loss / bereavement as a transitional process, offering space for discussion on how people respond to loss and where access support. Work with staff related to developing pragmatic approaches to supporting students and becoming aware of how we sometimes unintentionally thwart exploration of loss by young people.
During the project we engaged 535 students and 190 school staff.
We developed 16 group sessions for 49 pre-bereaved and bereaved siblings of children who access our services. The sessions were a combination of therapeutic play and self-directed discussions where siblings explored and shared their experiences. From experience we know that many siblings speak of feeling ‘different’ and sometimes ‘isolated’ from their friends due to their experiences. At the request of the siblings we are developing a specific email address for them access information / support, along with a digital newsletter, which is designed and produced by sibling for siblings.
With thanks to the families, Awards for All, Royal College of Psychiatrists and partner schools we have been able to develop resources that will benefit children / young people living with life limited / threatening conditions, their siblings, parents and other professionals.