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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

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:

- Children and Young People's Elective Training is taking place on the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th September.

Contact for more information.


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


West Sussex

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



Oxfordshire Awareness in Bereavement Care 

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

We are looking to recruit volunteers to work with our clients so we will be running a Bereavement Support Foundation Course on Saturdays 18 and 25 May and 15 June then a face-to-face module on 29 June and 6 July at The Old Courthouse, Town Square, Bracknell, RG12 1AE. 10am to 4.30pm 

Contact for details.


South East

Bexley and Bromley

For more information on our 2019 course please email


Richmond upon Thames Area

Contact us for details of the next course:



Contact for details of our next course. 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, 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



The following volunteer training will be held in January 2019

Bereavement Support Foundation Course:  Jan 12, 26, Feb 16

Face to face elective: Mar 16 and 23

The venue for all the training will be Carshalton Beeches Baptist Free Church, Banstead Road, Carshalton Beeches, SM5 3NL. Training is from 9.30 - 16.30.


West Kent Area

For more information email

South West

Bath and Wiltshire

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



Cruse Devon are pleased to announce upcoming training dates for anyone wishing to train as a bereavement volunteer.  We do accept a small number of placement students in each of our four Devon branches (Exeter area, North Devon, South Devon and Plymouth area).  We are running 2 courses simultaneously, and are now inviting applications for both:

Monday course 2019

Monday 28th January, 4th February, 11th February, 25th February, 4th March, 11th March, 18th March 2019
Pre-course interviews: 7th and 14th January 2019

Thursday course 2019

Thursday 31st January, 7th February, 14th February, 28th February, 7th March, 14th March 21st March 2019
Pre-course interviews:  3rd and 10th January 2019

To request course information and an application form, 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 



To add your name to the mailing list to be sent information about future training courses in Cambridge, please email or ring 01223 302662.


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

3 Day Bereavement Support Foundation Course

Venue: Cruse Office at Sight Support [formerly HERIB], Beverley Road
[towards town near Clough/Cottingham Rd], Hull, HU5 1NF

Dates are all Saturdays - full days 10am - 5pm

 2nd March, 30th March and 13th April 2019

If you do opt to join one of our branches there are 2 further Saturdays on May 11th & June 15th  for our ‘Face to Face Elective’

Further information is 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.

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