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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 email for information on our next course.


Surrey North

We will be recruiting for our 2021 intake of new volunteers in Autumn 2020. Full details, application forms, etc. will be posted closer to that time on our local volunteering page. You can also register interest by emailing us at with your name, address and phone number(s) and we will write back to you when more information is known.


South Hampshire

Email for more information.


North Hampshire

Call 01264 335569 or email or for information on our next courses.


West Sussex

2020 training dates are available via the West Sussex Area page. For more information contact

Isle of Wight

Please email or phone 01983 523030, for information on our next courses.


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


West Berkshire Branch

Cruse Bereavement Care West Berks is offering an extensive seven day training programme for individuals who are interested in volunteering for our service.

The Spring Course 2020 will take place on the following Saturdays at Broadway House, 4-8 The Broadway, Northbrook Street, Newbury, RG14 1BA

The course is divided into three modules and includes:
April 25th, May 2nd and 9th - the 3-day Foundation to  Bereavement Support Training Course 
June 6th and 13th - the 2 day Face to Face Support modules. 
June 20th and 4th July - the 2 days Safeguarding and Skills practice sessions.

There will be a Recruitment Information workshop on  Saturday 21st March 09.45 for 10.00 or Monday 30th March 18.45 for 19.00

To find out more Tel: 07775 871870, Email:


Thames Valley Berkshire

Contact for details of our next courses.


Buckinghamshire Area

For more information on our next training Email


New Forest

Bereavement Support Fountation course 2020: 11 Jan, 25 Jan, 08 Feb,
Face to face module: 29 Feb, 14 March
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


For more information on our next training please email


For more details of our next courses contact


Bexley and Bromley

Email for more information


Richmond upon Thames Area

Richmond Cruse is running the following training courses for volunteers in 2020.

Sudden & Traumatic Death (mandatory) 21st March 9.30 - 4.30pm Venue: Teddington Baptist Church, Upper Room, 17, Church Road TW11 8PF 

Suicide & Bereavement 25th April (time tbc) Venue: St Winefrides Parish Hall, 1, Leybourne Park Kew TW9 3HB 

(There may be a small charge to cover costs of trainers and venue)

Please contact Jenny Harris at for further information. 

For more information on our next training email

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

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

For more information on our next training email:


Swindon & District

For more information on our next training email:



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 



To be added to the mailing list to receive information about the next Bereavement Support Foundation course, 
please email   



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


Peterborough and Huntingdonshire

For more information on our next training email


East Midlands


Northamptonshire Cruse 

For further details please contact


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:

Herefordshire Branch is runnining a Foundation/Face to Face course on the following dates
Saturday May 9th, 16th & 23rd (Foundation Course)
               June 6th, & 13th June (Face to Face module)
Interested - please contact for further information


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

For further information contact: Lorraine, Area Administrator or 01482 440072.

South Humber

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