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Project information

Sponsor a Junior Practitioner

A Winston's Wish Junior Practitioner will learn to support children and their families before, during & after bereavement. They will help families to understand fully the nature of loss & cope better throughout the grieving process. These practitioners work across all our support programmes & groups


Charity information: Winston's Wish

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  • Need


    Every 22 minutes a child in Britain is bereaved of a parent. This equates to over 24,000 newly bereaved children each & every year. . The death of a parent or sibling is one of the most fundamental losses a child will ever face. Studies show that if childhood grief is not dealt with appropriately it can have a deep and lasting effect on a child’s emotional well-being and cause problems later in life. Winston's Wish provides the support for children to make sense of death and rebuild their lives


    AA junior practitioner would provide support and guidance to bereaved children and their families who are rebuilding their lives after the death of a parent or sibling.

    Studies show that if childhood grief is not dealt with appropriately it can have a deep and lasting effect on a child’s emotional well-being and cause problems later in life.

    A junior practitioner will enable Winston's Wish to extend their reach to more bereaved children.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To extend the services delivered by Winston's Wish


    » Extend our services - geographically. This will enable us to reach even more bereaved families
    » Extend our services - accessing groups which upto now have not been supported (e.g. Granparents)

    What success will look like

    Success will be...More calls taken on the Helpline, more ASK (interactive web) questions answered, more referals completed + more clinical family interventions acheived.

  • Impact


    Without the vital and professional support of a Junior Practitioner this vulnerable group of young people are more likely to suffer from suppressed grief and emotional repression which can lead to destructive behaviour in the long-term such as drug abuse, depression and self-harm. Success is shown as families are helped to remember the person who has died and talk openly with each other, often promoting the development of confidence in the children and reducing feelings of isolation.


    There is a risk that the junior practitioner does not provide services at level of quality expected. To counter this the practitioners co-work (in various staff configurations). This acts as a quality check and also aids cross experience learnings.


    Donors will be regularly reported to via e-bulletins, newsletters, via social media updates and face to face at our events, Christmas Gathering and Family fun day.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 Salary Staffing national Helpline, supporting individuals, families, schools and professionals.
  • Background


    Winston's Wish has two locations: Gloucestershire and West Sussex - support is given to families in these counties. In addition we offer National outreach support via our Helpline, publications and our Murder, Manslaughter, suicide and death by military conflict programmes.


    The 24,000 children bereaved of a parent each year in Britain - along with their families will be the direct beneficiaries. In addition support and training will be given to carers, schools, professionals and anyone concerned for a bereaved child.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Winston’s Wish is the leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK - offering the widest range of practical support and guidance to bereaved children, their families and professionals.
    Winston’s Wish is the only specialist national provider of support for children bereaved through murder, manslaughter, suicide and military conflict.
    In this, our 20th anniversary year we are aiming to support 30% more people than ever before and funding for a junior practitioner would help us achieve this

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Gianna Daly

    As Head of Clinical Services Gianna is key to the input and success of a junior practitioner.