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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

During this difficult time we remain committed to providing bereavement support to all who need it. However the welfare of our clients and volunteers has to be our top priority, and so we have made some changes to how we provide that support:

  • our helpline continues to operate as normal. Please call us at any time on 01543 433479 and leave a message. One of our volunteers will return your call.
  • one to one support will be provided by telephone, not face to face. If you are already receiving one to one support, we will contact you to let you know how we can continue to support you.
  • our Bereavement Help Point meetings (in Burntwood, Lichfield and Pye Green) have been cancelled until further notice.  

We will continue to review the situation in line with government advice. 

Coronavirus update - Bereavement Help Points suspended.

In response to the Coronavirus situation, we have regretfully decided to suspend our three regular Bereavement Help Points (at Burntwood, Lichfield, and Pye Green) until further notice. This change is intended to protect both our clients and our volunteers, and we hope our clients will understand the need for this. Anyone needing bereavement support should call 01543 433479 and leave a recorded message.

New Volunteers 2019

Congratulations and welcome to our new cohort of Bereavement Volunteers who have successfully completed their training and induction. We very much welcome the valuable contribution they will make to supporting the bereaved across the Cannock, Lichfield and Tamworth areas.

Awards for All Funding 

We are delighted to announce that our application to the National Lottery Awards for All scheme has been successful. We have been awarded £8,750 to fund training of new volunteers and continuing development of our current volunteers in 2019-20. This grant will make a significant contribution towards increasing our capacity, to cater for continuing demand for our services.

Training Feedback

We are committed to providing relevant, high quality training for our volunteers. The recent day-long course "When a child dies - supporting parents and families" was well attended and well received with positive evaluations of course quality and participants' growth in confidence, knowledge and skills. Thanks to Barry Lyonette of Child Bereavement UK for a successful day.

Tamworth Borough Council Funding

We are very grateful to Tamworth Borough Council and Staffordshire County Council, who have recently awarded us £5,000 funding for 2019-20, as part of their Connecting Communities scheme. This grant will make a major contribution to funding our work in the Tamworth area.

Training Diary 2019

A series of training events has been arranged for existing volunteers. Please see our Diary page for details.

New Volunteers 2019

The deadline for applications for this year's initial training programme for new Bereavement Volunteers is 1 February. If you wish to be considered, please email your basic contact details to southstaffordshire@cruse.org.uk to request further information.

Applications after this date will be considered, but training may not be available locally until 2020.

Burntwood Town Council

Thanks to Burntwood Town Council for their grant of £400 towards our work in the Burntwood area, in particular the costs of our Bereavement Help Point, launched in September 2018.

Staffordshire County Council Funding

We are very grateful to Staffordshire County Council, who have awarded us £570 towards our volunteer training costs.

Baren Davenport Grant

We are delighted to receive a grant of £500 from the Baren Davenport's Charity to support our work with Children and Young People.

Tamworth Borough Council Funding

We are very grateful to Tamworth Borough Council for their funding of £500 towards our support for bereaved people in the Tamworth area. 

Going the Extra 10k!

Congratulations to Wendy Sherratt and her daughter who completed the British Virgin Sport 10k in London in Sunday 15th July (a very hot day!) They were part of the 40-strong Cruse contingent running across central London, and have raised nearly £400 for South Staffordshire Cruse.

Sponsorship

Soccerpoint Ltd have very kindly paid for Cruse T-shirts. Our volunteers will wear these at our various Bereavement Help points, and they were on show at our Annual Business Meeting on Wednesday 5th September 2018. 

More Grant Success!

We are very grateful to The Camden Trust for their recent generous donation of £1,500. This valuable donation will help to fund on-going training for our volunteers and is a significant contribution to our on-going costs.

Grant Success!

We are delighted that our bid to Lichfield District Council for funding has been successful. This grant will help us to continue to support local people in 2018-19, and we are very grateful to the council for this.