Bereavement Supporters Needed for Ryedale and Scarborough Service

Cruse Bereavement Care, the leading national charity for bereaved people, is looking to recruit more Volunteers to augment their service in Scarborough and Ryedale.

Life changing bereavement support to people has been given by Cruse for over 60 years, predominately through face to face and group sessions. Due to the current situation around Covid 19, the support has had to be moved to telephone until it is safe to return to normal working practice.

Our training course has been adapted to be delivered online, consisting of a number of small modules on grief and support including a telephone support module. The first module is on Saturday 26th September. The course is free of charge.

The need for this service has never been more apparent. There is a risk that isolation can lead to chronic loneliness which can amplify the emotions around grief which is now being reflected in the increased number of referrals being received. Bereavement affects everyone and can have a devastating effect on emotional, physical and mental health. Volunteers support and help people understand their feelings, develop coping strategies and return to everyday life, while remembering and celebrating the lives of those who have died. A recent client said:

“Having lost my husband after being married for 50 years and the need for shielding since March, I found the telephone support I received invaluable in helping me to work through my grief. Not being able to have the support of family and friends around me at a time when I needed it most, Cruse were a lifeline. I was so worried I would have to wait months for bereavement support, but I received a phone call from my counsellor only a few days after I contacted York Cruse. I cannot express my gratitude enough”.

Volunteers become part of a supportive team providing help to bereaved people in need, learning new skills, meeting new people and benefitting from on-going support and training.

Cruse has played a vital role in responding to disasters and terrorist incidents, providing specialist services after the Manchester arena bombings, Borough Market attacks and Grenfell Tower Fire. Last year York Cruse provided support to 500 people, including 103 children. Our services are provided by trained volunteers and are confidential and free.

For information on the training course phone 01937 834702  or Email: