It's National Volunteers' Week!!!
Every year 1st - 7th June is National Volunteers' Week. It is a time to recognise and celebrate the enormous value volunteers add to services and communities. They give their time, energy, skills and commitment to making our world a better place to live in. It seems impossible to express a proportionate amount of thanks for this, but I hope our volunteers know that they are hugely appreciated for everything they give and do for Cruse in Leeds.
Wowee! From April 2018 to March 2019 Cruse in Leeds supported 892 people, and every single one of them said they would recommend us to others!
Happy New Year! To kick off the new year staff and volunteers have had some Trans Awareness training with Dr Kit Heyam. We welcome people of all identities to Cruse, but to make sure we are expressing that as well as we can we are going to make some small changes - for example adding our pronouns to our staff profiles on the website and changing the gender labels on our forms from 'male, female and trans' to 'male, female and other'
Yey! We have recieved funding from Awards for All to provide ongoing training for our volunteers. This will include ASIST training to help us support people who feel suicidal to keep safe, Trans Awareness and Alzhiemers Awareness.
This month we say farewell to our lovely Service Co-ordinator, Caroline. She's on maternity leave but luckily we have recruited two people to job share the maternity cover period. Clare and Emma are experienced in bereavement support work and will be starting on 7th August. We offer them a warm welcome.
A cheque for £5,000 was presented to Cruse Bereavement Care on behalf of Leeds Crematoria at Lawnswood, Rawdon and Cottingley.
Libbi Leeves, Service Manager for Cruse Bereavement Care in Leeds said: “Cruse Bereavement Care in Leeds is enormously grateful for this additional funding from the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM). As a charity offering emotional support to bereaved people in Leeds free of charge, Cruse Bereavement Care is reliant on funding and donations. The funding from ICCM will make a big difference to the lives of people struggling with grief.
Cruse Bereavement Care is the leading national support charity for bereaved people, regardless of how long it has been since the person died. Grief is a natural process, but it can be devastating. For those who need help, Cruse offers free confidential support, removing financial barriers for people of all economic backgrounds. In Leeds, highly trained volunteers support bereaved people to work through their feelings of grief and adjust to life without the person they’ve lost”.
Councillor Mohammed Rafique, Executive Member for Environment and Active Lifestyles added: “Over 50 trained volunteers provide confidential and emotional support to those affected by bereavement in Leeds through a range of face-to-face meetings and telephone conversations – all free of charge. Last year alone, they helped over 660 people in the city and received glowing feedback for high quality of their service, so I hope these additional funds will support their continued success for years to come”.
Pictured from Left to Right– Councillor Mohammed Rafique, Emma, (Bereavement Support Volunteer Supervisor) and Chris Simpson, Bereavement Services Manager for Leeds.
January, February and March 2018
ASDA OWLCOATES PUDSEY
Vote for Cruse Bereavement Care with your green token.
There will be three local charities to choose from. The winner receives £500!
Support for people affected by the Stonegate Road crash.
We are saddened by the incident on Stonegate Road and our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who lost their lives.
If you have been affected by the incident and would like bereavement support, please get in touch.
Children and Young People up to age 19 can talk in confidence to www.childline.org.uk
Congratulations to our recent raffle winners. We hope you enjoy your prizes.
A HUGE thank you to all who entered. The money raised will go directly to supporting bereaved people.
2 night bed and breakfast for 2 at DoubleTree, by Hilton Kingston Upon Thames, London.
1 night bed and breakfast for 2, IBIS Styles Leeds City Centre Arena, Leeds
Afternoon Tea with a glass of Prosecco, crown Plaza, Leeds City Centre
National Volunteer Week and Our Annual Business Meeting
Our volunteers are amazing all year round, but every June there is a national recognition in the roles volunteers are involved in across the UK. We sent all our volunteers a thank you card for all that they do, and with thanks to Nuffield Gym we also gave them a voucher for a week's gym membership.
We had a party to celebrate National Volunteers Week before our Annual Business Meeting. The meeting itself was brought alive by talks from two of our volunteers, Emma and Gary, as well as Sarah from Full Circle Funerals and Author Chris Neligan who also signed copies of her book for us.
Our fundraising pack is now available! Our service relies on fundraising and donations. If you are interested in supporting us this way, please get in touch to request a pack. firstname.lastname@example.org ;0113 234 4150.
Leeds Cruse has relaunched its 'Time to talk' group for clients on the waiting list for 1:1 support. This group is also open to people who've finished their sessions but want to meet others in a similar situation. To get on the waiting list, you need to have an assessment first. We can tell you more about this when you phone or email us.
Our wonderful volunteers and staff have been raising funds for Leeds Cruse over the winter. Some of the activities have been scary - a zip wire challenge, anyone?? Others require dedication and stamina: a hike up Scafell Pike; completing the White Rose trio of half and full marathons in Yorkshire; and a first 10k planned for August this year. Volunteers have held bake sales, hosted 'at home' parties, made Christmas crafts and cakes and made it through a dry January.
A fundraising pack with more ideas is coming soon...
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