Cruse Bereavement Care launched the evaluation of its services to children and young people in Northern Ireland, entitled ‘The Rainbow Makers’, from Stormont on 19 September. DUP MLA, Mrs. Brenda Hale, hosted the event, which celebrated Cruse’s recent success in supporting children and young people through bereavement.
From its initial launch in 2008 with a 5-year grant award from the Big Lottery Fund Reaching Communities programme, over 800 people children aged 4-18 have received support through the Young Cruse project. A few of those young people and their parents spoke at the launch event, sharing their stories, tears and courage with us. Health Minister Edwin Poots concluded the event by thanking Cruse for their efforts on behalf of bereaved people across Northern Ireland.
Speaking at the event, Local DUP MLA Brenda Hale outlined the incredible role that Cruse has played in the lives of those young people who have been bereaved, and thanked them for their commitment to enhancing society’s care of bereaved people.
She added, “I was deeply humbled to be asked to fly the flag for the important role that Cruse plays in the life of our community and it is a great credit to all those involved in Young Cruse that the project was nominated for the Best Health category in the 2010 National Lottery Awards.
Cruse NI Director, Anne Townsend, commented that “The evaluation report reveals that this project has provided life changing benefits for all those involved. The learning outcomes from this evaluation are valuable to all who provide bereavement support services for children and young people across the UK.
Debbie Kerslake, CEO of Cruse Bereavement Care, stated, “Perhaps it is no surprise that many of these children and young people drew rainbows to show how they felt after they had received support from Cruse. They have been helped to find new hope in their lives through our staff, volunteers and the support they have given each other. They have all become ‘Rainbow Makers’.”
She added, “On behalf of Cruse I would like to thank Brenda Hale MLA for coming on board as an ambassador for Cruse, and also all our volunteers, staff and the Big Lottery Fund for the support they give to children, young people and adults across the U.K.
You can download a copy of the report here.