Regional training courses

Volunteer training

Internal training courses are run throughout the UK for people wanting to become a Cruse Bereavement volunteer working with Cruse clients.  Below is a list of upcoming internal training courses although we advise and recommend that you contact your local Cruse Area for further information on dates that courses are running.  As often there is a number of people in same situation which means an additional course can be added to accommodate this or alternatively local Areas will have knowledge of neighbouring Areas running courses that may suit.  To find your local area please follow this link which will take you to a list of all Cruse Areas 

For those looking for external training for themsleves or there organisation please visit our external training webpage by visiting this link to external training

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 East Area

Bereavement Support Foundation course:  Jan 13 and 20 and Feb 3
Face to Face elective: March 17 and 24
Venue: It is to be held in West Ewell near the station and there is car parking.

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:

21 Apr 18 - Sudden and Traumatic Death
09 Jun 18 - Email Elective
07, 14 & 28 Jul 18 - Groups Elective
08, 15, 22 & 29 Sep 18 - Children and Young People Elective

Contace for more information

South Hampshire

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

North Hampshire

Bereavement Support Foundation Course: March 3 and 17, April 14 and 28
Face to Face elective: May 5 and 19 and June 2 2018
Venue: At Bridge Centre, New Rd, Basingstoke RG21 7PJ  9.00 to 16.30
Call 01264 335569 or email or

West Sussex

Read about our latest course in September 2018 and open day on 2 June 2018

Or contact us for details on when the next courses might run. Email:


Oxfordshire Awareness in Bereavement Care 2018

All training days of the course will take place at Wesley Memorial Hall, New Inn Hall Street, Oxford OX1 2DH between 9.30am and 4.30pm.

For more information or an application form please contact or call Vanessa on 01865 202242
March 10th, 17th, 24th
April 14th, 21st, 28th
May 12th, 19th

West Berkshire Branch

Course for new Bereavement Volunteers

Cruse Foundation Course - three days - 27/1/18,  10/2/18,  24/2/18
Face to Face Elective - two days -24/3/18,  7/4/8

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


Cruse Devon ABC training for new bereavement volunteers

Start date Wednesday 10th January 2018

End Date Wednesday 21st March 2018

No training on Wednesday 14th February 2018

Duration: 10 days (one day per week)

Interview dates: 7th, 15th and 22nd November 2017.

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

New Forest Area

Contact for details of the next training available.

Eastern England



Peterborough and Huntingdon

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

Bereavement Support Foundation Programme: Huntingdon

Open information sessions on Wednesday 21st of February 6.30pm at Oak Tree Centre or Saturday 3rd March 10.00am at Spring Common Academy
Course dates are as follows:
Saturday 17th March 2018
Saturday 7th April 2018
Saturday 28th April 2018

Followed by our working with clients, face to face programme:
Saturday 12th May 2018
Saturday 19th May 2018

Training will take place from 9.30am to 4.00pm on each day:

There will be an induction day on Saturday 23rd June 9.30am to 4.30
Together with a half day safeguarding session tba

Course venue: Spring Common Academy (training room)
American Lane Huntingdon PE29 1TQ


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

Group Facilitation Course 2018
Venue Lincoln Friends Meeting House
Dates Saturdays - February 3rd & 17th. March 3rd.

Bereavement Support Foundation Course with Face to Face Elective
Venue Nottingham Lenton premises
Dates Saturdays - April 14th & 28th, May 12th & 26th, June 9th.

Children & Young People 2018
Venue Derby Multi-faith Centre. DE22 1GB
Dates April 21st, May 5th & 19th and June 2nd 2018

Application Forms from Amiee Moss.  Tel 0115 9231510

Northamptonshire Cruse  

Northamptonshire Cruse  will be running an ABC course for new volunteers in Northampton in 2017. It will run on the  7th October, 21st October, 4th November, 25th November and 9th. December (all are Saturday). It will be run by our registered Cruse trainers for this course. 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


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

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


Wirral Cruse are now recruiting Volunteers and are holding an Open Evening on 6 July 2017 for anyone interested.
Please find details here   

Please contact Sue Brown for further information on 0151 645 6604

Please contact Sue Brown for further information 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.