Best wishes for 2019 from all at Lambeth Cruse!
In December an information session was held for people interested in becoming Bereavement Volunteers (BV) with Lambeth Cruse. This was the first stage of the recruitment process for a new group of volunteers who will be appointed and trained over the coming months to support bereaved people in the borough. If you are interested in becoming a BV but you missed the recent information session, please email email@example.com to receive more information. You can read more about what is required as a BV here.
Over the last six months Lambeth Cruse has been trialling our new system whereby bereaved people contacting us for support are invited to attend one of our Information Sessions. These sessions are designed to provide information about grief and some of the usual feelings and emotions bereaved people often experience. They are also a chance to hear more about the services we provide and consider which might be most suitable for your needs. Feedback from these sessions has been really positive so we are planning to continue offering these sessions as a first step with us. Information sessions usually take place on a Saturday morning in Waterloo. For those who are not able to join one of these sessions, support is still available, and one of the team will discuss the options with you when you first contact us.
The last few months have seen tragic events in Manchester, in our neighbouring borough of Southwark and, most recently, in North Kensington. As a national organisation, Cruse has responded by working alongside partners agencies to offer immediate support to those affected. Our branch is committed to doing all we can to continue to help with this coordinated effort, to make sure those that have been bereaved have access to the emotional support they need.
We know that the impact of the recent loss of lives will affect people all across London, so if you have been directly affected, do get in touch for support when the time is right. Lambeth Cruse bereavement volunteers provide one to one support to help begin to make sense of some of the feelings and emotions associated with grief, in a confidential environment. We have just welcomed seven new trained volunteers to the branch which means we have more capacity to support people who need our support.
We have been growing fast over the last few months! Seven new Bereavement Volunteers have completed training and are ready to begin supporting people in Lambeth who have experienced bereavement. We also have a further eight volunteers currently training. This will allow us to offer even more support to those who need it.
To coordinate a larger group of volunteers to support more people in the borough, we also have a new part-time administrator Lucy, joining Lutfa, our current administrator. If you call the office to enquire about support from Cruse, you are likely to speak with Lucy or Lutfa in the first instance, who will be able to tell you a bit more about the support available.
As always, continuing to raise funds to improve and develop the service we currently offer is so important. We always welcome people who want to take up a sponsored challenge to support our work. Following in Jenny, Nicole and Sarah's running shoes of last year, we’d love more people to do the same. A 5K, 10K or more, a cycle or any other challenge you fancy! Do get in touch with the office if you can help.
Other wonderful initiatives in the past year have included one of our volunteers inviting her wedding guests to gift to Lambeth Cruse rather than give presents - this raised an amazing £915! This has been followed by our Chair, who recently turned 70, asking for donations to Lambeth Cruse rather than gifts (you can still contribute if you’d like to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Val-is-70). Any support you can offer is very much appreciated!
Best wishes for the New Year from all at the Lambeth branch of Cruse. We look forward to continuing to support people in Lambeth to understand their grief and cope with the loss of loved ones throughout 2017.
Last year more than 200 adults requested one to one support from our Team of over 40 bereavement volunteers. We're pleased to announce that new volunteers are currently being trained which will allow us to help even more people throughout the year ahead.
This year we will also be launching a new service to support bereaved children and young people in the borough. Watch this space for news of this important new initiative.
If you are thinking of using the New Year as an opportunity to support a good cause, why not fundraise for us? It could be anything from a bake sale at work to a sponsored sporting challenge. Support from fundraisers and generous donations from individuals and companies is vital for us to continue to help people to cope with loss.
If you are a business or may know of a business looking for a charity to support this year, please do encourage them to think of making it Lambeth Cruse! Financial support is always fantastic but it could be a company you know of (or work for) who can offer some business support such as marketing expertise or even a free venue in Lambeth for our volunteers to meet with clients face-to-face in a peaceful and confidential environment. Please do get in touch to fundraise or offer corporate support.
As Christmas and the New Year approaches, many people get ready to enjoy the festive break and spend time with family and friends. However, for those that have recently lost someone dear to them, this period can be a difficult time. If you think you would benefit from having someone to talk to about what you're going through, please contact us.
We are incredibly thankful to all those who have raised money for Lambeth Cruse over the last few months. Your support has really made a difference, and allows us to continue offering our services to the community.
Special thanks goes to Nicole who is not only a bereavement volunteer with us, but ran the Royal Parks Half Marathon in October. She raised over £2,300 for us and we are incredibly grateful to all those who gave so generously.
A number of other volunteers also ran in other events, and raised much needed funds, so the branch is really thankful for all your efforts!