Project information

Summer Family Bereavement Day

Each Family Bereavement Day will have a specific therapeutic theme, and aim to provide a time for reflection together with an opportunity to have some fun.

August 2011 - August 2011

Charity information: Guy's Gift

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  • Need

    Need

    These Bereavement Days will form a crucial part of our support programme, enabling bereaved families to meet others in a similar situation and thereby appreciate that they are not alone in their grief.

    Solution

    Bereavement Days will provide an opportunity to form friendships with others in a similar situation - individuals who really do understand how they are feeling; this can lead to the provision by families of mutual support for one another in the longer term.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reduce the isolation felt by bereaved children and their families.

    Activities

    » » A session of preparing kites, including drawing pictures and writing messages on them.
    » A candle ceremony, providing an opportunity for bereaved individuals to light a candle in memory of their loved one.
    » Creative activities and outdoor challenges, giving bereaved children "permission" to have fun without feeling guilty.

    Success will be measured by observation of and feedback from individuals themselves, along with their responses to questionnaires and other monitoring resources, eg tree people.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Following our support, bereaved children and their families are likely to have regained sufficient self-esteem and confidence and be better equipped to continue their own lives in a meaningful way. With your support, we are confident that we can ensure a better future for bereaved children and their families in Warwickshire by addressing their grief at an early stage.

    Risk

    Each Family Bereavement Day can take place on an appropriate scale to the level of funding secured. The most important factor is that participation should be free of charge to bereaved indidviduals, thereby ensuring accessibility to all. Transport can be issue for some families, and a priority is therefore to ensure that funding is secured so that all those without their own transport can be delivered to the venue, eg by taxi if appropriate.

    Reporting

    We would be delighted to have the opportunity to provide a full report to donors, including photographs (bearing in mind confidentiality issues). We also welcome publicity, which enables us to raise our profile further and raise greater awareness of our service.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £2,825

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      Amount Heading Description
      £500 Venue Hire/Catering 50 individuals per Bereavement Day
      £400 Transport 2 minibuses
      £200 Insurance, etc Insurance & St. John Ambulance
      £1,725 Resources Craft materials (inc Kites, Balloons, T-shirts)
  • Background

    Location

    Ragley Hall, Alcester, South Warwickshire. This venue provides numerous opportunities for a Family Bereavement Day & Lantern Walk, with a large amount of open space, picnic area (for Summer Bereavement Days), play equipment for all age ranges, facilities for outdoor challenges, and ease of parking. It also has covered areas in case of poor weather.

    Beneficiaries

    Our aim is to ensure that all those bereaved individuals we are working with have access to participation in this event. In addition, we would like to open it to the wider bereaved community within Warwickshire, and thereby provide them with an opportunity to come along and meet others in a similar situation. In this way, we can raise awareness within the local community of issues surrounding bereavement and also support a greater number of individuals.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only organisation providing a free service of support for bereaved children and their families in South Warwickshire. We have considerable experience of working with bereaved individuals and are recognised by professionals within Warwickshire as providing a valuable service to the local community. “I believe Guy’s Gift is an essential service for Warwickshire children and hope that it is here to stay”

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Stuart Potter

    Service Manager, with responsibility for overseeing the whole event, including ensuring that all policies and procedures are water-tight.

    John Smith

    Bereavement Service Practitioner, with responsibility for ensuring that Guy's Gift constantly works towards the objectives of Every Child Matters.

    Jackie Potter

    Bereavement Service Practitioner, with responsibility for ensuring that staff and volunteers are well supervised.

£1000

To support one child through our Programme

• "The fun outweighed the sadness"

Parent