A celebration of the BEAD Project achievements | Cruse Bereavement Care

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On Wednesday 16th November Lord Patel of Bradford hosted a celebration of the achievements of the BEAD project, a partnership between Cruse Bereavement Care and Adfam at the House of Lords.

Bereavement through a loved one's drug or alcohol use is a devastating, challenging and often isolating experience. That’s why Cruse in partnership with Adfam set up the BEAD project (Bereaved through Alcohol and Drugs) with a grant from the Big Lottery Fund to offer peer support and targeted information for people bereaved in this way.

This project delivers peer support through BEAD volunteers to provide practical and emotional support for anyone bereaved through a loved one’s drug or alcohol use. The project began in October 2013 and is funded by the Big Lottery for four years.
Volunteers, and others, shared their stories of the positive influence the project had on people’s lives, and how those who have been bereaved can turn the worst imaginable experiences into something positive.

Debbie Kerslake, Chief Executive of Cruse said “The death of someone close is likely to be the hardest thing anyone will ever face. To then experience a lack of care, comfort and support adds to the pain. The BEAD project is a vital partnership raising awareness of the challenges faced by those bereaved through alcohol or drugs and providing essential peer support.”

Vivienne Evans, Chief Executive of Adfam said “Far too many family members suffer the loss of a loved one to drugs or alcohol; Adfam has been aware of the stigma and isolation experienced by families bereaved in this way. This project and our partnership with Cruse is a critically important route to address and meet the needs of these families.”

For more information about the BEAD project please see our project pages.

Drop in session

The project is holding a drop in session on Monday 28th November from 18:30-20:00. This session is for potential clients to find out more about the project and the benefits of peer support. You will hear from BEAD volunteers and previous participants about support the project offers, including the peer support groups in Central London. It will be held at the Business Suite, 2nd floor, 120 Cromer Street, London, WC1H 8BS and you are welcome to come and go as you please. Hot drinks and light snacks will be available. Read more


1. Lord Patel greets volunteers and clients

2. Lord Patel and Cruse Cheif Executive Debbie Kerslake

3. Viv Evans, Cheif Executive of Adfam