Approximately 30,000 children per year in Northern Ireland are affected by the death of someone close to them. 1 in 29 children have experienced the devastating loss of a parent or sibling. That's why Young Cruse is here.
Thanks to the support of the Big Lottery Fund, Cruse is able to offer a safe space where anyone aged 4-18 can get the support they need to work through their grief in their own time and their own way. They will be accompanied by a trained and experienced volunteer who will work with them individually over a period of 6 - 8 weekly sessions in one of our eight Cruse offices. Alternatively, bereaved families may join Get Together - Bereaved Families Discovering
If you are a young person seeking support in the midst of bereavement, contact Hope Again, our website designed by young people for young people, or our freephone helpline: 0808 808 1677.
Cruse also offers:
- Someone for adults to talk to. Taking care of yourself is an important part of caring for the children you're concerned about. Cruse offers the opportunity to talk in confidence about your own needs with a trained bereavement volunteer.
- Youth Involvement through the Cruse Youth Advisory Group. An opportunity for 12 - 25 year-olds to help us recruit and train Young Cruse Volunteers, raise community awareness about childhood bereavement, have fun together and gain great experience along the way.
- Awareness raising events for teachers, parents, carers and professionals working with bereaved children and young people. For more information contact Elaine at the email address or phone number below.
- Advice, support and leaflets and booklets for parents and carers: please see below for our contact details.
Regional Young Cruse Co-ordinator
Assistant Young Cruse Co-ordinator