Following a bereavement, many people can feel lonely or isolated. Even with a network of friends, colleagues and relatives, individuals can still feel they have no one to turn to.
Working with the British Red Cross, we have started a project called More than Words which provides new opportunities for hundreds of bereaved individuals to meet with others in supportive environments and feel better connected in their local areas.
More Than Words is part of the British Red Cross Connecting Communities programme, supported by its partnership with Co-op to highlight and tackle loneliness and social isolation in the UK.
How you can get involved:
More than Words is available in THIRTEEN locations across all four nations of the UK, including: Bedfordshire, Belfast, Birmingham, Blackpool, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield. It is also going to be set up in Plymouth and Redruth in the next couple of months.
We are looking for volunteers in these areas who can give 120 to 180 minutes a month to get involved by becoming a More than Words Champion. Many of our champions have been bereaved themselves and want to support others in a similar position. Becoming a champion involves:
- Taking part in a FREE Cruse Loss and Awareness Workshop. A brief summary of topics discussed in the workshop can be found here.
- Working with other Champions in their local area to co-run peer-led support groups for people who have been bereaved and are feeling lonely and isolated.
To sign up to become a Champion, please fill in the ‘Become a Champion’ form.