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Project information

Stepping Stones Therapeutic Group Programme

To support children that have a parent or carer with a terminal illness by providing one to one support and therapeutic group sessions.
The group sessions offer a means for children to escape difficult situations at home, express themselves and meet with others that understand what they are facing.

This is an ongoing project.

Charity information: Jeremiah's Journey

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  • Need


    One in twenty people experience the death of a parent by the age of 16. The terminal illness or death of a parent is a highly stressful event for a child. Studies have continually shown that children often react with uncertainty, fear, guilt or anxiety.


    We support children via one to one & therapeutic group sessions. We also engage with parents & relevant professionals, so that they can support children appropriately.

    This can positively impact upon a child’s quality of life throughout a parent’s terminal illness by reducing stress levels, enabling them to express themselves, escape difficult situations at home & meet with others that understand what they are facing. It can also reduce the long-term negative consequences of bereavement.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To improve the quality of life for children that have a parent or carer with a terminal illness.


    » Offering one to one therapeutic support and information to children and their families.
    » Running a regular therapeutic group session that involves group activities and discussion.
    » Providing training sessions for appropriate professionals that may engage with children that have a parent or carer with a terminal illness.
    » Providing ad-hoc information about supporting children throughout the terminal illness of a parent over the telephone, via email & via our website.

    What success will look like

    By gaining feedback from children & adults immediately after they have received support & also after a period of time has elapsed, so that long-term impact can be measured.

  • Impact


    It improves the quality of life for children that have a parent with a terminal illness & decreases their stress levels. It also reduces the negative long-term consequences of bereavement upon the child .
    The charity regularly collects feedback & carries out appropriate evaluation activity. Success is demonstrated by the number of individuals supported & positive commentary from children, families & professionals about the impact of the work upon the long-term wellbeing of children & families.


    Risks affecting the project include the possibility that a child attends a therapeutic group session & feels that it is not helpful to them. Children are offered one to one support when this occurs.
    Similarly, some children are often nervous about attending the group session, so care is taken to explain the nature of the group in a clear & accessible manner.


    We offer donors information about the number of children & families that we have supported, the number of sessions or hours that we have carried out, the type of activities that we have carried out & plan to engage in and any changes that may have been made to project plans.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £13,000 Staffing One part-time staff member to offer support to children and families.
      £1,000 Arts and crafts materials These are used throughout group and one to one sessions
      £1,000 Printing costs Leaflets are used to convey relevant information
  • Background


    The project is run from Plymouth, Devon.


    Children and families living in Plymouth and the surrounding areas will benefit from this project.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Jeremiah's Journey has been offering support to children and families that have experienced or are anticipating the death of someone special for almost 20 years. We are the only charity to offer this type of support within the Plymouth area.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Kim Higham

    Kim works as a Project Co-Ordinator and is responsible for running this project. She works with children, families & other relevant individuals.