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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

We are also running a Supervision Course

January 11th 2020
January 18th 2020
February 15th 2020
March 7th 2020

Venue is Ashford Hospital - London Road, Ashford, Surrey, TW15 3AA 

For more information please email


South Hampshire

Email for more information.


North Hampshire

Call 01264 335569 or email or 

Cruse North Hampshire will be running a Bereavement Support Foundation Course training on Saturdays 19 Oct and 26 Oct, 9 November 2019 10am - 4.30pm at the Holiday Inn, Basingstoke

There will be face to face elective following this being run on Saturdays 16 and 23 November and Safeguarding Training Saturday 7 December 2019.

There will be pre-Foundation course interviews and an information evening on: Thursday 5th September 2019, 19.00-21.00 at Hatch Warren Community Centre, Basingstoke 

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. Please email 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


New Forest

Bereavement Support Fountation course 2020: 11 Jan, 25 Jan, 08 Feb,
Face to face module: 29 Feb, 14 Mark,
Safeguarding:  21 March
Induction: 28 March
Sudden and Traumatic death 25 April

Apply to Angela at, The venue is Ellingham Church Hall near Ringwood, Hants. 


London and South East


Sutton Cruse Bereavement Volunteer training will be held on the following dates in 2019

September 14th
October 5th and 26th
January 11th and 18th

For more information please email


We are running a Bereavement Suppport Foundation training course with a Children and Young People's elective in Lambeth starting in February 2020. 

Dates: February 8th 22nd, March 7th, 21st
            April 18th, May 2nd, 16th, 30th and June 6th. 

Venue:  Saint Andrews Church
              Short Street
              London SE1 8LJ

All applicants must have completed 100 hours experience working or volunteering with children. #

For more details contact


Bexley and Bromley

Email for more information


Richmond upon Thames Area

Bereavement Support Foundation 2019

7th and 21st September, 19th October 
23rd and 30th November
7th December  (induction/safeguarding)

Interviews to be held in July. Closing date for applications 26th July. Contact:

Pre-selection criteria. All applicants must live within the Borough of Richmond. This is a requirement for ensuring that all volunteers can travel the extent of the borough as we most often see clients in their own homes. Volunteering for Cruse must be a priority, rather than to fulfil a counselling/psychotherapy course placement requirement. We only consider applicants on placement in exceptional circumstances. 



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, Deal, 2019.

The Cruse nationally accredited bereavement volunteer training.

Tuesdays from 10.00am to 2.00pm 
18th and 25th September and 2nd, 9th and 16th October. 

Tel: 0844 8009104


West Kent Area

For more information email


East Kent with Swale

Training for new volunteers will be held on the following dates:

Saturday 11th January 2020
Saturday 18th January 2020
Saturday 25th January 2020
Saturday 15th February 2020
Saturday 22nd February
Saturday 7th March 2020

All training held in Swale, 9.00am for 9.15 start, ending no later than 4.30pm

For more information and an appliction form email 

Maidstone and Medway

Venue 39/48 Marsham Street Maidstone

2nd November 2019: Safeguarding Training

BS Foundation Course/Face to face elective
Dates: 1st Feb 2020.  29th Feb, 7th March (3days)
Face to face elective course
Dates 14th March 28th April (2days)
Saturdays  9.30 am to 4.30pm  at Marsham street Maidstone.kent

Application Forms and Queries to Jennie at 

Limited spaces. Closing date for applications 31st October. 2019

South West


Our new Bereavement Support Foundation training course starts on 1st February 2020 in Truro.

This is a 8 day part-time & accredited course, designed to provide the initial awareness, knowledge and skills needed to support bereaved people.

For more information and an application form please email: or telephone: 01726 76700
Interviews late November early December 2019

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



Volunteer training

Internal training courses are run throughout the UK for people who want to become a Cruse Bereavement volunteer and support bereaved people. can be contacted for details of training courses for new volunteers in Dorset Area. Your local Cruse Area can give further information on dates.  If there is sufficient demand additional courses can be sometimes added, or the Area may know of other courses running in neighbouring Areas.

Contact Details: Amanda

E mail Admin Dorset Area:

Answer phone: 01305 260216


Eastern England

Bedfordshire Area

Cruse in Bedfordshire is offering a training course for new volunteers starting on 1 February 2020. For more information contact email

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



Cambridge, Fenland and Uttlesford Cruse is also running a course taking place at Ely City Church, Silver Street, Ely.

Course dates:
Bereavement Support Foundation programme: 15th February, 29th February, 28th March
Face to face elective: 25th April, 2nd May 

All five Saturdays must be attended
Please email if you wish to find out more and/or attend the Open Evening on 6th January 2020 in Ely 7pm-8.30pm.



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 


Peterborough and Huntingdonshire

Peterborough and Huntingdon Cruse will be running a Cruse Supervision Course, commencing November 2019

Find out more


East Midlands


Northamptonshire Cruse 

For further details please contact


West Midlands

Coventry and Warwickshire

A Cruse Bereavement Support Foundation Course will be run for new volunteers on the following dates in Warwick in 2019: Sundays Sept 8 & 22; Oct. 6 & 20, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4.30 pm. For details please contact or telephone 02476 670714 or 07730 216700. 



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.



Cruse Bereavement Support Foundation Course - support for Adults - 5 day course running in 2020 in Llandrindod Wells. Foundation course (3 days) Face to Face (2 days) Course dates are Saturdays 4th and 18th April, 2nd and 16th May and 13th June

For more information please contact or call 01686 610220 



For further information email:


Merthyr and Rhondda Cynon Taff

Email: for information on our next training courses.

Yorkshire & Humber

Hull and East Riding

The Foundation Course for bereavement volunteers is running Saturdays 10am – 5pm: February 1st, 15th and 29th 2020
Other applicants with a general interest in supporting bereaved people will be considered if there are places available. An enhanced course fee will apply.

The Face to Face Elective will run Saturdays 10am – 5pm: March 14th and 28th
No charges for Electives, others also available.

Find out more

South Humber

Cruse Bereavement Care South Humber is appealing for more volunteers to support bereaved people in Grimsby, Cleethorpes, Louth and Scunthorpe areas. Our next Bereavement Volunteer training course will be held in Grimsby and Scunthorpe, beginning on the 5th of October 2019. (Dates for the supervisors’ course have yet to finalised but will probably take place in the Autumn in Leeds.

To find out more about becoming a volunteer for Cruse please phone 07867 312658 or email


Craven and Bradford

For more information email or 01756 796004.

North East


For further details email

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