Bereavement Supporter Project 2017-2021 | Cruse Bereavement Care

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About the project

The Bereavement Supporter Project is a five year partnership project between Cruse and The ExtraCare Charitable Trust, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. The project aims to improve bereavement support for older people, including those with dementia, in ExtraCare retirement villages and housing schemes.

The ExtraCare Charitable Trust is a registered charity which operates retirement villages and housing schemes and supports 4,400 older people including those living with dementia. Delivery will be rolled out to all ExtraCare sites in England over the 5 year project, locations can be found here: www.extracare.org.uk/villages-and-schemes.

How will the project help?

This project will address a gap in bereavement care to older people by taking a preventative approach to ensuring that older bereaved people, including those with early stage dementia, will have the support they need at the time they need it in order to stay active, engaged and involved with their communities.

The Bereavement Supporter project will support ExtraCare residents by:

  • Raising awareness of how bereavement affects older people’s mental and physical health
  • Improving access to support for bereaved older people in sheltered and retirement accommodation
  • Encouraging self-help and peer support in order to reduce loneliness and social isolation
  • Contributing to safeguarding and promotion of long term mental and physical health

What will the project deliver?

Over the next five years the project will:

  • Deliver Bereavement information and awareness sessions for ExtraCare residents
  • Recruit, train and deploy Bereavement Supporters who will provide early support, information and signposting to residents
  • Provide Bereavement Support training sessions for ExtraCare staff members
  • Recruit, train and deploy new Cruse Bereavement Volunteers in order to provide specialist longer term support to residents who are assessed as needing it
  • Increase the number of ExtraCare residents who are volunteering and providing peer support to other bereaved residents
  • Develop a new model of working with older bereaved people with early stage dementia or dementia-related conditions

For more information about this project contact the Project Manager Eve Wilson, eve.wilson@cruse.org.uk, telephone 07496 922385.