Lambeth Cruse is a small and friendly branch run by a group of dedicated volunteers. These include individuals who have trained to become Bereavement Volunteers (BVs), through to administrators, supervisors, and committee members who help govern the branch.
Berevament Volunteers (BVs) are recruited and trained to deliver high quality support to bereaved people in Lambeth. BVs need to successfully complete a Bereavement Support Foundation Course (BSFC) and one of the elective courses which are; face-to-face support; children & young people; and phone or email support.
The three-day BSFC requires trainees to produce a portfolio of work which they are guided through during the course. The BSFC is a personally challenging and informative exploration of the topic of bereavement in both its practical and theoretical aspects. The qualities that are sought in BVs are respect, empathy and the capacity to be genuine when listening and supporting individuals who are grieving. Upon successful completion of the course, BVs are interviewed by the Branch and, if successful, invited to join the branch as a practising BV. All BVs are allocated to a supervision group and required to attend regular training events.
Mandatory supervision takes place once a month and a minimum of 15 hours per year additional training is compulsory. To ensure that BVs get sufficient time to develop and for the branch to get value from its investment in volunteers, individuals wanting to become BVs are able to commit to at least two years of service with the branch.
Being a Bereavement Volunteer can be emotionally challenging, but an incredibly rewarding voluntary opportunity within a supportive environment of continual learning and skills development.
We are also always on the look out for support with the running of the branch. We have a committee that meets every two months and their purpose is to help govern the branch. If you have committee experience in the charity sector, please do get in touch. We'd be interested hearing from those who are able to offer specific skills such as communications, marketing, administration, or fundraising, and currently we are urgently in need of someone with PR experience to help us spread the word for Lambeth Branch. Commitment is usually just a few hours during the week or perhaps just a day's worth of time spread over each month.
If you have the right skills or the dedication to support us, we usually organise an interview to give you an opportunity to learn more about our work and for us to get a better understanding of what you could offer. If you are interested, please do get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.