Regional training courses

Volunteer training

Most regional training courses are internal courses run for volunteers who want to work with Cruse clients. Volunteers will need  to complete our Awareness in Bereavement Care course. Our Areas and Branches provide many training opportunities for volunteers. Most external courses run in the English regions are organised by Cruse center office. For more details please see our external training page. External courses run in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland are run by Cruse locally.

If no training courses are shown in your location find your local service, and contact them to find out when the next courses are running.

Find out what's on offer in your area:


We regularly run training for National Helpline volunteers. Please see the helpline volunteer page for details.


South West Surrey

South West Surrey Cruse will be running an "Awareness in Bereavement Care" course for new volunteers starting in March this year.  Trainees are expected to attend all the dates of the course (Saturdays and Tuesdays) and the first session is compulsory.

The dates of the course will be :  Saturdays (daytime 9.30 to 4pm) March 25th,  May 6th & 13th June 17th
Tuesdays (evening 6.45 to 9.45pm) 28th March, 18th & 25th April, May 2nd, 9th & 23rd, June 6th & 13th 

The course venue will be The Clockhouse in Milford , Surrey on the Saturdays, and St Johns Church in Merrow, Guildford, Surrey on the Tuesday evenings. If you are able to make these dates and would like to receive further information and apply for the course, please let us know as soon as possible.

Contact us on 01483 418781 or email

Course interviews will be held in February.

Details about what is involved in the course and in volunteering for Cruse can be found here.

West Berkshire Branch

West Berks branch will be running our 2017 ABC course for new bereavement volunteers on the dates below. Interested parties can find out more by contacting the training team on

Jan 28
Feb 11, 25
Mar 11, 25
Apr 22
May 6, 20

Surrey East Area

Awareness in Bereavement Care

The Cruse nationally accredited bereavement volunteer training

Saturdays: November 5th, 19th, 26th, December 10th, January 14th, 21st, February 4th and 11th.

Time: 10.00-16.30.
Venue: Redhill Methodist Centre, Redhill, Surrey.

Surrey North

Surrey North Area is running a foundation course for new volunteers called About Bereavement Care.  The course covers all aspects of working with and providing support for bereaved clients.  Full details of the course, dates and how to apply.

South Hampshire

For information  on our next courses call 0844 879 3448, email: 

West Sussex

Contact us for details on when the next courses might run. Email:

Oxfordshire and West Berkshire

The Oxfordshire Spring Awareness in Bereavement Care course for new volunteers will take place on the following Saturdays between 9.30am and 4.30pm at Wesley Memorial Hall, New Inn Hall Street, Oxford OX1 2DH. You need to attend a minimum of 7 of the 8 days.

  • February 18th, 25th
  • March 11th, 18th, 25th
  • April 1st, 29th
  • May 6th

To apply or for more information please contact or call 01865 202242.

South East

Richmond and Lambeth

Cruse in Richmond and Lambeth is running an eight-day Awareness in Bereavement Care course in 2017.  This is a foundation course aimed at training prospective bereavement volunteers for Cruse. 
Venue:  St Winefride's Church Hall, 1, Leyborne Park, Kew TW9 3HB

Saturday 22 April  2017
Saturday 29 April  2017
Saturday 13 May  2017
Saturday 20 May  2017
Saturday 17 June 2017
Saturday 24 June 2017
Saturday   8 July  2017
Saturday 15 July  2017

The course times are between 10a.m. and 3.30p.m. 

Closing date for applications: Friday 24th February.

For applicants wishing to apply to Richmond and for applicants applying to Lambeth

South Kent Area

Awareness in Bereavement Care

The Cruse nationally accredited bereavement volunteer training

September 10th, 17th, 24th, October 1st and 15th (Pre-course interviews 16th July)

All start at 9.15 and all run our Area Office


West Kent Area

ABC Foundation Training

12th November 2016 - 18th February 2017

Event Description:  16 Sessions on selected Saturday mornings and Tuesday evenings.

Venue: 3 St Mary's Road, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 2LD

For more information email

South West


Cruse Devon ABC training for new bereavement volunteers

Start date Wednesday 29th March to 7th June with a break on the 19th April. (10 weeks total)
please email for course information and application form.


Awareness in Bereavement Care

Will run over 5 Saturdays from 9.30am until 4.30pm on the following dates:
8 October 2016
22 October 2016
5 November 2016
19 November 2016
3 December 2016

Closing date for applications: 31st August 2016. Please contact Area Administrator on 01793 619933 or email for more information.

Eastern England


The next course for Bereavement Volunteers runs Saturday 12th November 2016 until Saturday 25th February 2017
at The Rosie, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge.
The course will be run on 3 Saturdays and 10 Wednesday evenings.

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Cruse in Peterborough is running the following course in 2017: Supporting children and young people who have been bereaved. Read more.


Have you considered becoming a Cruse Bereavement Volunteer? Would you like to learn more about bereavement?
We are holding an Introduction Evening on February 1st 2017 7.00pm to 8.30pm at Oak Tree Centre Oak Drive Huntingdon PE29 7HN to present our Level 2 Foundation Course Awareness in Bereavement Care starting Saturday 25th February 2017 in central Huntingdon.

3 x Saturdays 9.30 – 4.30 plus
10 x Wednesdays 6.30 – 9.30

Email: for more information

East Midlands

Contact your nearest local service to register your interest.

West Midlands


The Coventry and Warwickshire Area of Cruse Bereavement Care is running a nationally-approved course for all new volunteers wanting to work with Cruse clients. It is an interactive course, run by experienced trainers.

The course is also valuable for any individual, counsellor or therapist who wants to understand more about bereavement issues.
Starting date 11th February.

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The Awareness in Bereavement Care course is run twice a year as we are continually recruiting for new volunteers. The course is 8 full days and is delivered on 4 weekends over a 9 week period. For dates of the next course and details of how to apply, please go to our website.


South East Wales

ABC training in Wales  will take place on 4th,18th,25th September, 2nd & 23rd October, and 6th,13th,20th November 2018 (8 days in total). 9am - 4pm

Venue: Bridge St, Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff CF37 4PE Pontypridd Museum

This free course is being funded by our new "Bereaved by Dementia" project which aims to provide an extra 40 bereavement volunteers in Wales before April 2017. Contact Maxine Norrish: 02920 886913

Merthy Tydfil Rhondda Cynon Taff Area

We are running an ABC training course course for new bereavement volunteers running from consecutive Saturdays from 28.1.2017, 9:30am to 4 pm at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital. 

Tel: 01685 876020


Yorkshire & Humber

Craven and Bradford

Awareness in Bereavement Care

27 Feb, 6 Mar, 20 Mar, 27 Mar, 10 Apr 2017

Venue: T N Cook’s Aga showroom, Otley Road, Skipton, BD23 6DR

Please email or 01756 796004

North East


Awareness in Bereavement Care: training to support bereaved adults

Our next course will be delivered over 6 full-day Saturdays between October and December.  

Saturday October 8th
Saturday October 22nd
Saturday November 5th
Saturday November 19th (Tutorials)
Saturday November 26th
Saturday December 3rd
Course Venue: St Gabriel’s Centre, 2 St Gabriel’s Avenue, Heaton, Newcastle. NE6 5QN

Before applying for a place on the training course, attendance at the Information Event is strongly recommended: Saturday 10th September, 10.30-12.30pm at St Gabriel’s (address as above).

Please email to reserve a place for the Information Event.

North West


Wirral are now recruiting Bereavement Volunteers and the Training course will commence on Saturday 25th February 2017. The course will run over a number of weekends and on two Tuesday evenings, ending on Tuesday 25th April.
Please contact Sue Brown for further information on 0151 645 6604


If you are interested in becoming involved with Cruse Bereavement Care, a new course will be starting in January 2017.  The course will be held over eight Saturdays at Vine House, Ribbleton, Preston close to J31 of the M6 and is open to anyone who would like to become a volunteer. The course is FREE to those who wish to volunteer with us.

For further details or an application form, please send a covering letter and A5 size SAE to Cruse Bereavement Care, Vine House, 22 Cromwell Road, Ribbleton, PRESTON, PR2 6YB. Alternatively you can email or call 01772 795596 and talk to our Area Coordinator, Amy.

Isle of Man

Contact your local service to find out about their next scheduled training.

Northern Ireland

Click here for information about training in Northern Ireland.

Channel Isles

See the local website for training informaiton from Guernsey Bereavement Service.

Cruse Scotland

For Scottish courses please refer to







Bereaved at work

We can help you develop a bereavement policy, train managers and HR staff, and ensure that your organisation can offer an appropriate and timely response to bereaved employees.


Our new Cruse Masterclass selection will be delivered by eminent bereavement specialists, supported by Cruse Bereavement Care and hosted by Dr Colin Murray Parkes.


We offer a range of bereavement awareness training at venues across the UK, and can provide tailored in-house training to meet your organisation's needs.