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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 - 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 themselves 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

2019 Bereavement Support Foundation Course for new volunteers

Saturdays 9.30am- 4.30pm 
7th & 21st September 2019
5th October 2019
9th & 16th November 2019

The Clockhouse, Chapel Lane, Milford GU8 5EZ
(5th October will be at St Johns Church, Stoke, Guildford)

Please email for full details and an application form.


Surrey North

Surrey North Area is recruiting now for their next intake, training for which begins in January 2020 on the following dates:

Foundation module:  11th and 18th January and 1st February 2020
Face-to-face elective:  15th and 22nd February 2020
Safeguarding module:  14th March 2020
Sudden and Traumatic Death module: 19th September 2020

For more details including an information leaflet (which also contains dates for interviews, induction, etc.), an application form, contact information and other guidance, click here

For more information please email


South Hampshire

Bereavement Support Foundation course and face-to-face elective.

March 2nd, 9th,16th, 23rd, 30th and April 6th, 13th. 

Email for more information.


North Hampshire

Call 01264 335569 or email or

We will be holding a Bereavement Support Foundation course on Saturdays 19 Oct and 26 Oct, 9 November 2019 at 9.30am in Andover

There will be face to face elective Saturdays 16 and 23 November, and Induction Saturday 7 December 2019.

We are holding a sudden and traumatic death on Saturday 6 July 2019.

West Sussex

Bereavement Support Foundation course and face-to-face elective

29th June - Information Open Day between 11am - 4pm

7th, 21st September and 5th October 2019 - 3 Day Foundation course

12th & 19th October 2019 - Face to Face Elective

2nd November 2019 AM - Safeguarding (am) &  Portfolios (PM)

16th November 2019 - Induction & Skills

St Botolphs Church, Lansdowne Rd, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 4LY

For more information contact

Isle of Wight

Bereavement Support Foundation course on the 21st Sep, 5th, 19th October, 9th, 23rd November in Newport Isle of Wight. or phone 01983 523030, to be emailed an information pack


Bereavement Support Foundation course: 28th September, 5th October, 12th October

Face to face elective: 19th October, 9th November  

For more information please contact or call Vanessa on 01865 202242.


West Berkshire Branch

To find out about our next course Tel: 07775 871870, Email:


Thames Valley Berkshire

Contact for details of our next courses.


Buckinghamshire Area

Bereavement Support Fountation course October: 5th 12th 19th  2019
The face to face module: November 2nd and 9th 2019
Location: Walton Court Community Centre, Hanlon Road, Aylesbury HP21 8 TJ


South East


Supervisor's Course 2019

We are running a course to train new Supervisors. Supervisors help our Bereavement Volunteers (BVs) explore all aspects of their client caseload and/or personal issues in relation to Cruse Bereavement Care (Cruse), in order to ensure that the needs of their clients are being addressed. Existing Cruse volunteers should ask their Area/branch to endorse their application.

Venue: St John's Church, Waterloo Road, almost opposite Waterloo Station

Dates: Saturdays 15th and 29th June;  27th July;   7th September  10am - 4pm.

For more details contact


Bexley and Bromley

We are running a training course for new volunteers in May and June 2019. Find out more.



Richmond upon Thames Area

Contact us for details of the next course:



We are running a 5 day Bereavement Support Foundation training course on the following dates: 21st September 2019, 28 September 2019, 12th October 2019, 19th October 2019 and 26th October 2019.

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

Please contact for further information


South Kent Area

Bereavement Supporters Foundation Course, Face to Face and CYP Elective 2019.

The Cruse nationally accredited bereavement volunteer training.

- Foundation Course - Saturdays - 16th, 23rd, 30th March 2019
- Face to Face Elective - 27th April and 4th May 2019
- CYP Elective - 27th April, 4th, 11th and 18th May 2019


West Kent Area

For more information email

South West

Bath and Wiltshire

Bath and District are running a Bereavement Support Foundation course on the following dates:

Sunday 6th October 2019
Sunday 13th October 2019
Sunday 27th October 2019
Sunday 03rd November 2019
Sunday 17th November 2019 
Sunday 24th November 2019
Sunday 1st December 2019

Training will take place from 09.30 to 16.30 on each day

Our nationally accredited training course is aimed at anyone interested in becoming a Bereavement Volunteer with Cruse.
Other applicants with a general interest in supporting bereaved people will be considered if there are places available 
The venue is: The Meeting Room, Trowbridge Fire Station, Hilperton Road, Trowbridge, BA14 7JB

Please contact us for an Application Pack. 

Closing date for applications:  Friday 26th July 2019


Swindon & District

Bereavement Support Foundation Course (BSF) - Accredited training course for anyone interested in becoming a bereavement volunteer with Cruse. Other applicants with an interest in supporting bereaved people will be considered if places are available. 

5 October 2019
19 October 2019
2 November 2019
9 November 2019
23 November 2019
7 December 2019

The course will take place at The Friends Meeting House, 79 Eastcott Hill, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 3JF

Please contact the Administrator for an application pack:
Tel: 01793 619933

Closing date 2nd August 2019


To find out about future courses please email


New Forest

If you would like information on our next Bereavement Support Foundation courses, please e-mail

We are running a Supervision course for exisitng Cruse Volunteers (for eligibility criteria / costs please email

The Supervision course is taking place in Elligham, Near Ringwood on these dates 16th March, 30th March, 13th April, 11th May (attendance at all dates is required)


Eastern England

Bedfordshire Area

For more information on volunteering opportunities please contact the area office on 0300 200 4110 or 



Cambridge, Fenland and Uttlesford Cruse will be running a Cruse Bereavement Support Foundation programme starting in September  2019:
Course dates:
Saturday 14th September
Saturday 28th September
Saturday 26th October
Saturday 23rd November
Saturday 30th November

All dates must be attended. Sessions will run from 09:30am to 4:30pm
Venue: School of Clinical Medicine, Addenbrookes, Cambridge

To find out more, come to the Open Evening on Tuesday 16th July 7pm-8.30pm at Room 2 & 3, School of Clinical Medicine, Addenbrookes, Cambridge
See here for further details or contact for an application form.

Peterborough and Huntingdon

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



Bereavement Support Training from 30th April 2019

Cruse is the largest voluntary organisation providing care to those affected by bereavement. It gives advice via its website ( and provides help on the phone and face to face sessions with adults and with children and teenagers. We depend on trained volunteers to deliver this service and so we provide the training too.

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 30th April 2019.This will be followed by two further sessions of your choice Face to Face Support (two additional-days training) and Telephone Support (one additional day training) to be held between June and July 2019. The training for supporting children will continue in July/August over an extra 4 days.  You will also need to complete safeguarding training and have a DBS check.

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


East Midlands


Northamptonshire Cruse 

Northamptonshire Cruse will be running a Cruse Supervision Course starting in April 2019

Course dates:
Saturday 6th April
Saturday 4th. May
Saturday 15th June
Saturday 20th. July

Sessions will run from 09:30 to 16:30
Venue: Hollowells Funeral Directors, 150 Beech Avenue, Northampton, NN3 2N

For further details please contact:

Sue Pritchett 07799 308763 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:


Contact us for details of upcoming training

National office email:

National office telephone: 02920 886913.



A training course for Adult Client Contact Volunteers will be held in Llandrindod Wells, Powys starting 30th March 2019 and concluding on the 27th July 2019 for more information please see full details here

If you are interested in this course please contact or call 01686 610220 



Bereavement Supporter Foundation course.

We are running two courses:

  • March/April starting on 9 March 2019
  • June/July starting on 1 June 2019

Venues for both will be Ystrad Mynach, training takes place on a Saturday or a Sunday, from 09:30 am - 4:30 pm.

For further information contact John Moss. Tel: 01633 251982. Email:


Merthyr and Rhondda Cynon Taff

Email: for information on our next training courses.

Yorkshire & Humber

Hull and East Riding

Cruse Hull & District Branch is running the Three Day Bereavement Support Foundation Course at their office First Floor Wellington House, 108 Beverley Road, Hull HU3 1YA

Dates are all Saturdays 10.00am to 5pm September 7, Oct 5 and 19.

The Face to Face Elective is 2 days, November 2nd and 16th. 

Find out more

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


Train to support bereaved people on Tyneside!
Learn new skills or add to existing counselling skills with this accredited course.
Next course: part-time May – July 2019
For further details & application form, email
Application deadline: April 18th

North West


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

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 information from Guernsey Bereavement Service.

Cruse Scotland

For Scottish courses please refer to