Burntwood people who are grieving after the loss of a loved one can now get support through a local Bereavement Help Point which opens on Monday 10th September.
St Giles Hospice are working in partnership with Cruse South Staffordshire and St John’s Community Church to offer advice, information on emotional and practical support to people who have been bereaved.
St Giles Community Engagement manager Ian Leech (picture right) said the help point was an easily accessible way to get advice, support and information.
“Losing a friend or family member can be incredibly difficult and our Help Points are a free, easily accessible drop in service that anyone can attend,” he said.
“There’s no need to register and it doesn’t matter what type of bereavement or when, just come along to the Help Point to find out more from our bereavement support volunteers.
“Our help points are open to everyone in Burntwood and surrounding areas and everyone is welcome.”
St Giles and its partners operate twelve Help Points across its catchment area including the new Burntwood location. Full details of all locations are here.
The Bereavement Help Point is open to any adult who has experienced loss, not just people who have been cared for by St Giles, and provides information and support for people who need it for as long as they need it.
“Our Bereavement Help Points provide free support for people who have lost someone and we are proud to say that people can get support within 48 hours if they need it,” said Ian.
“We see it as a safety net for the community. Sometimes it just takes the opportunity to speak to someone who can empathise and understand.
“We are incredibly proud that we are working in partnership to grow the help point network and we are now supporting almost 400 people a month.”
Matt Wallace, Vicar at St John’s Community Church said: “We’re delighted to be able to work in partnership with St Giles and Cruse in establishing a new Bereavement Help Point here in Burntwood. The existing network of Help Points across the region have proven to be an incredibly positive way for people to receive support, and our hope is that we’ll now be able to offer ongoing and much needed support for those in our local community who are living with the loss of a loved one.”
Mike Gillard, Chair of South Staffordshire Cruse Bereavement Care, said: “We are excited to be a partner in this new service to the community of Burntwood. Experience in other areas shows that calling in at a Bereavement Help point can be a real help after the loss of a loved one.”
Burntwood Bereavement Help Point takes place at St Johns Community Church, High Street, Chase Terrace WS7 1LR every Monday 2.30-4.30pm starting Monday 10th September.