Maidstone and Medway Cruse has around 40 volunteers to cover this wide area. They provide bereavement support and fulfill other roles in the organisation. Our volunteers are a mix of ages, backgrounds and cultures but the one thing they have in common is their commitment to helping bereaved people. We are a friendly and supportive organisation and many of our volunteers have been with us for a long time.
How to become a Bereavement Volunteer
Anyone can become a volunteer for Cruse. You do not need to have qualifications or previous experience, but you do need to care about bereaved people and have some time to offer.
In order to undertake bereavement support you will need to successfully complete our Awareness in Bereavement Course, which is run by Cruse and takes place over a period of several weeks. This course involves pre-course and post-course interviews and the completion of a portfolio. Having completed this course, you can also apply for accreditation from the external validation body, Ascentis.
Cruse is an Organisational Member of BACP and works within the BACP Ethical Framework. Bereavement support with Cruse clients can be recorded towards the total hours required for Diploma courses and for BACP accreditation.
Our training is professional and of a high quality.We also offer continuous profession development in the form of training workshops throughout the year. You will be supported by us and benefit from monthly group supervision.
For further information please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org including the word 'Training' in the subject box
You can also help in other important ways: volunteers are always needed for administrative and managerial roles, fundraising, organising publicity etc. Whatever you do to help Cruse, you are helping bereaved people. Contact email@example.com including the word ‘`volunteer’ in the subject box.