Welcome to Bexley and Bromley Cruse

**NEW** Walk and Talk Group

Many of our problems can become clearer when we put one foot in front of the other. Walking in a group magnifies the power of this therapy.

In September, we are launching a new ‘Walk and Talk Group’, in conjunction with Bexley Walking for Health, for adults of all ages who have lost a loved one.

All our walks are led by friendly Cruse Volunteers who are also walk leaders. The walks provide a great opportunity to enjoy walking in some beautiful green space at Danson Park, and there will be refreshments and a chat at the end of each walk at the Danson Stables.

Walks are suitable for all abilities and provides an opportunity to meet other people with similar life experiences and walk in the fresh air. Anyone can join – it’s free, fun and friendly!

For more information please contact us on bexleyandbromley@cruse.org.uk

Bexley Community Lottery

Bexley Community Lottery has been created by London Borough of Bexley, which is set up to support community projects in the local area, the Bexley Community Lottery operates on the principle of raising money within the community for the community. Where they empower local good causes to raise money in a fun and effective way.

In a time of shrinking budgets and increased community need, Bexley Community Lottery enables people to support the causes they care most about, helping good causes to connect with their supporters.

You can help Cruse by buying a ticket in the Bexley Community Lottery which costs £1 per week and 60p will go directly to Cruse! Each ticket has a 1 in 50 chance to win with a top prize of £25,000! www.bexleycommunitylottery.co.uk

Bromley Bereavement support group

A monthly group offering support after the death of a loved one, meets on the first Wednesday of each month at The Holy Trinity Convent, 15 Marian Gardens, Bromley, BR1 3FH (the convent car park is via the driveway which runs along the side of St. Joseph’s Church, 1 Orchard Road, Bromley, BR1 3JF (use this postcode in your Sat Nav.) which is a few yards past the roundabout at the junction with Plaistow Lane) from 7pm. It's a small informal group and no bookings are necessary - our next group will meet on Wednesday 3rd October. Please feel free to pop along for a chat.

Bexley Bereavement support group

A monthly group offering support after the death of a loved one, meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at The Angelus Centre, Bexley Road, Erith DA8 3HQ from 7pm. It's a small informal group and no bookings are necessary - our next group will meet on Wednesday 19th September. Please feel free to pop along for a chat.

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ABOUT US:

The death of someone close can be shattering. Everyone experiences grief differently; there is no ‘normal’ or ‘right’ way to grieve. How we react will be influenced by many different things, including our age and personality, our cultural background and religious beliefs, our previous experiences of bereavement, our circumstances and how we cope with loss.

Cruse is a national charity that provides advice, information and support to anyone who has been bereaved, whenever or however the death occurred. The service is provided by trained, experienced volunteers and is confidential and free.

Cruse has been in Bexley since 1984 and in Bromley since 2011, and provides free bereavement support and counselling to anyone living in the area, irrespective of age, race, gender, culture, religion, ethnicity and disability.

Our Bereavement Volunteers who provide this support service receive rigorous and demanding bereavement training. In accordance with best practice, every volunteer is allocated to a trained supervisor so that quality of performance is regularly monitored and expertise enhanced. Volunteers continually receive in-house training, elements of which are obligatory such as Child Protection Procedures, and this training ensures provision of a quality service.