Regional training courses

Volunteer training

Internal training courses are run throughout the UK for people who want to become a Cruse Bereavement volunteer and support bereaved people. Below is a list of upcoming training courses for new volunteers. We recommend that you contact your local Cruse Area for further information on dates as if there is demand additional courses can be sometimes be added or the Area may know of other courses running in  neighbouring Areas. To find your local area please see our list of all Cruse Areas 

For those looking for external training for themsleves or their organisation please visit our external training page.

Find out what's on offer in your area:


We regularly run training for National Helpline volunteers. Please see the helpline volunteer page for details.


South West Surrey

Please call 01483 418781 or email for details of our next available training.


Surrey North

We usually deliver the Cruse foundation course at the beginning of each year. If you wish to be contacted closer to this time, please email

We have the following training lined up:

Bereavement Support Foundation Course 

12th & 19th January, 2nd February 2019. Venue: Ashford Hospital, TW15 3AA


Contact for more information


South Hampshire

Our 2018 volunteer course is full. To register your interest in a possible 2019 course, email


North Hampshire

Call 01264 335569 or email or


West Sussex

Please do contact us for details of when the next courses will run Email:



Oxfordshire Awareness in Bereavement Care 2018

For more information or an application form please contact or call Vanessa on 01865 202242

West Berkshire Branch

Course for new Bereavement Volunteers

Tel: 07775 871870

Thames Valley Berkshire

Contact for details of our next course. 


South East

Richmond upon Thames Area

Contact us for details of the next course:



Bereavement Support Foundation Course September-November 2018

Contact for more details.

We particularly welcome applications from people who have had past bereavements, and those from a non-counselling background. 


South Kent Area

Bereavement Supporters Foundation Course and Face to Face Elective 2018

The Cruse nationally accredited bereavement volunteer training

6.00pm - 9.00pm on Thursday evenings
The dates of the foundation course are September 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th, October 4th and 11th 2018.

The Face to Face module will take place on November 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd 2018.

Contact for more information


West Kent Area

For more information email

South West

Bath and Wiltshire 

Bath and District Area is running a Bereavement Support Foundation course in the autumn of 2018 - please click here for dates and further information

Swindon & District is running a Bereavement Support Foundation course early 2019 - please click here for dates and further information



We will be running aour new Bereavement Support Foundation course in September 2018, for more information please click here



For more information on volunteering in Devon, please email Laraine at


New Forest

Children and Young People Four Day Course


Would you like to broaden your experience with Cruse?

 If so, how about considering attending a Children and Young People Four Day Elective

 which is being run in the Autumn by New Forest Area Cruse



The dates are:

Saturday 29th September 2018
Venue:   Tuckton New Church, junction of Tuckton Road and Carbery Avenue, Tuckton BH6 3HT

Saturdays 27th October, 10th November and 15th December 2018
Ellingham Church Hall, Ellingham Drive, Ellingham BH24 3PJ

which is just off the A338 close to Ringwood


All sessions from 9.30 am (Arrival at 9.00 am) – 4.30 pm



For those applicants living outside the New Forest Area, the cost will be £200 per person. You must send written confirmation that (i) you have fulfilled the Cruse criteria for training in CYP from your own Area and (ii) they support the course. We will require the name and contact details of the person(s) supporting your application.


Payment can be made by cheque to the address at the top of the page (payable to Cruse New Forest) or via BACS (to Barclays Sort Code: 20-06-13 Account: 60427551 Ref: Cruse New Forest) at the latest two weeks before the course starts.

If you would like to be considered for the course, please e-mail expressing your interest no later than Wednesday 15th August.

Eastern England


We are planning the following courses for those interested in training as a bereavement volunteer:

  • A course at March Community Centre starting in September 2018 (only open to those who live or work in the Fenland and can volunteer in this area).
  • A course at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge starting in October 2018

Find out more or contact for more information 

Peterborough and Huntingdon

Cruse in Peterborough and Huntingdon is running the following upcoming courses.



Bereavement Support training

From May 1st 2018. This course, which is needed to become a volunteer, is for people with an interest in supporting and caring for bereaved people; it is primarily intended for potential Cruse volunteers although other applicants will be considered if there is space.

The course will be held in Ipswich consists of 3 initial sessions on Tuesdays from 9.30 am – 4 pm from 1st May 2018.This will be followed by two further sessions of your choice Face to Face Support and Telephone Support to be held between June and July 2018, both are two additional full days training. The training for supporting children will continue in September over an extra 4 days.

For further information, dates and to register your interest please contact Suffolk Cruse at or via our Website at

East Midlands

The following courses are offered in the East Midlands Region

Application Forms from Amiee Moss.  Tel 0115 9231510

Northamptonshire Cruse  

 For further details please phone 07772 428532 or email:

West Midlands



The Bereavement Support Foundation and Face to Face Module 5 day training course is run mainly on Saturdays at our branch in Birmingham city centre. Training times are 0930hrs - 1630hrs and held normally 2-3 times a year.

Details of the next course and how to apply will appear on our website


Herefordshire Bereavement Care

Please contact us for details. Tel 01432 359 469. Email:


See the flyer for upcoming training for new volunteers to support children and young people

National office email:

National office telephone: 02920 886913


Training Course to support adults
5-Day Course 2018  in Newtown, Powys.

Modular 5-days:  Foundation (3 days) followed by Face2Face (2 days)
Dates: Saturdays 15th September, 29th September, 20th October, 10th November, 17th November
Time: 9-30am to 4-pm
Course Venue: Plas Dolerw, Milford Road, Newtown, Powys SY16 2EH
Contact: E-Mail: or Tel: 01686 610220

Merthyr and Rhondda Cynon Taff

We will be running an 8 week course for new bereavement volunteers over evenings in October and November

Venue: Royal Glamorgan Hospital
Trainer: Elizabeth Collisson

Dates/Times: (Week days - 6pm - 9pm)

Tuesday & Wednesday 24th & 25th October, week 1 sessions 1&2
Tues & Wed 31st Oct & 1st Nov, week 2, sessions 3&4
Tues & Wed 7th & 8th Nov, week 3 sessions 5&6
Tues & Wed 14th & 15th Nov, week 4, sessions 7&8
Saturday 18th November, week 5 sessions 9&10,  9.30am to 4pm
Tues & Wed 28th & 29th Nov, week 6, sessions 11&12
Tues & Wed 5th & 6th December, week 7, sessions 13&14
Tues & Wed 12th & 13th Dec, week 8, sessions 15&16


Yorkshire & Humber

Hull and East Riding

Hull & District Branch is running a 3 Day Bereavement Support Foundation Course
at our office in Hull during September and October.
This is to train people to become Cruse bereavement support volunteers.
No previous experience in using counselling skills is required as the course includes this.

Further information available from Lorraine, Area Administrator or phone 01482 565565 (10am-12 noon)

Craven and Bradford

Bereavement Support Foundation Course 2018

This training course has been developed to support the Cruse Service Model and Bereavement Care in Practice. It is a Foundation Course, for all volunteers and staff that have client contact, designed to provide the skills, awareness and knowledge around bereavement.  The first three days cover the foundation training and the remaining two days cover face to face work with adults.

Please email or 01756 796004

North East


Bereavement Support Training Course to support adult clients

Cruse Bereavement Care Tyneside will be running a course to train to support bereaved adults starting in November with information events in October. 

Find out more

Please email for more information.

North West


For information about training in Cruse please contact Sue Brown on 0151 645 6604


Email or call 01772 795596 

Isle of Man

Contact your local service to find out about their next scheduled training.

Northern Ireland

Click here for information about training in Northern Ireland.

Channel Isles

See the local website for training informaiton from Guernsey Bereavement Service.

Cruse Scotland

For Scottish courses please refer to







Bereaved at work

We can help you develop a bereavement policy, train managers and HR staff, and ensure that your organisation can offer an appropriate and timely response to bereaved employees.


Our new Cruse Masterclass selection will be delivered by eminent bereavement specialists, supported by Cruse Bereavement Care and hosted by Dr Colin Murray Parkes.


We offer a range of bereavement awareness training at venues across the UK, and can provide tailored in-house training to meet your organisation's needs.