Winston's Wish

Winston's Wish

Charity information

Winston's Wish

We are the largest provider of childhood bereavement services in the UK and offer the widest range of practical support and guidance to children, families and professionals

Founded 1992

  • Mission statement

    The mission of Winston's Wish is to ensure the resilience of children confronted by the death of someone important to them by providing high quality services that meet their needs.

    Bereaved children need to make sense of death and rebuild their lives. Winston's Wish provides professional therapeutic help in individual, group and residential settings, and via a national Helpline, interactive website and publications.

    Winston's Wish is the only specialist provider of support for children bereaved through murder, manslaughter, suicide or military conflict.

    The death of a parent or sibling is one of the most fundamental losses a child will ever face. If childhood grief is not dealt with appropriately it can have a lasting effect on a child's emotional well-being and lead to anger, depression, sleeping difficulties relationship problems and mental health issues.

    Our range of services is developed and delivered in response to need, by highly qualified staff from a range of clinical backgrounds and experience, supported by specially trained and experienced volunteers.

    Winston's Wish knows from experience that the right support offered at the right time can have a life-changing impact on bereaved children and young people. Our professionally qualified clinical practitioners help children and their families before, during and after bereavement so that they can understand the nature of their loss and live with their grief.

  • Aims

    Winston's Wish aims to:

    • Extending services delivered by Winston's Wish as the UK's Leading Childhood Bereavement Organisation
  • Overview

    Established: September 1992

    Registered Charity Number: 1061359

    Board members: 6

    Full time staff: 18

    Part time staff: 24

    Volunteers: 327

    Phone number: 01242 515157

    Address: Winston's Wish 3rd Floor Cheltenham House Clarence Street Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL50 3JR

    View charity accounts on the Charity Commission website
  • Winston's Wish Wigan - Save our centre

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  • Helpline publications - F.O.C to Helpline callers

    Our National Helpline provides support, information and guidance to all those concerned ab... More
  • Funding the National Helpline

    The Winston’s Wish National Helpline provides support, information and guidance to all t... More
  • Sponsor a Junior Practitioner

    A Winston's Wish Junior Practitioner will learn to support children and their families bef... More
  • The Winston's Wish Interactive Website - update

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  • A grief support programme for children bereaved th...

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