As we all know, bereavement can have a serious effect on individuals, families and communities. Cruse in Cornwall is one of over 130 branches of the National Charity, Cruse Bereavement Care, which for 50 years has given support and help to anyone who has been bereaved, irrespective of race or belief. That help is strictly confidential and given free of charge.
Each year in Cornwall help from Cruse is sought by over 500 people, this support can range from information and reassurance about the nature or normality of their experience, to attending a support group, to individual support and/or counselling in the client’s own home.
There is a dedicated website for young people, designed and run by young people who may be reluctant to seek support rd4u.org.uk, this is in addition to the website crusecornwall.org.uk. Cruse also has volunteers who are specially trained to support bereaved children.
All Cruse volunteers undergo a specialised training course and are required to undertake ongoing training and supervision. Cornwall, because of its unique geography presents the charity with more logistical and financial problems than most areas and each year it gets more and more difficult to raise the money it needs to cover costs. As well as one to one volunteers, Cruse has volunteers who man the helpline (manned for 5 hours a day, 365 days a year), volunteers who allocate clients and help with the management of the charity. Cruse also has two paid, part-time administrators.
Cruse in Cornwall is currently working on offering training packages to organisations, businesses, those in the caring professions and anyone interested in learning more about loss and bereavement. For information call 01726 76700 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cruse offers support and help to those who are grieving, following the death of someone close. Such an event can affect us emotionally, physically, socially and in many practical areas of our life. This help and support is strictly confidential and is given without charge
Cornwall Helpline: 01726 76700
Young Person’s Helpline freephone: 0808 808 1677
Young Person’s National Website www.rd4u.org.uk