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Project information

Supporting Bereaved Young People

This Christmas you can help bereaved young people in Glasgow, Cumbria, Cheshire, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire and East London to rebuild their lives.

December 2016 - December 2017

Charity information: Child Bereavement UK

Child Bereavement UK logo
  • Need


    1 in 29 young people has been bereaved of a parent, sibling or someone else important to them.

    These deaths can shatter lives. Bereaved young people often tell us they can sometimes feel torn apart, alone and frightened and can find it difficult to express their grief.

    Research has shown that without good quality support, young people are more likely to develop mental health problems, find it harder to form healthy relationships and are more likely to experience long-term unemployment.


    Our Bereavement Support Practitioners help young people learn to express their thoughts and feelings in a safe environment.

    We offer face-to-face support for young people and their families, as well as award-winning Young People's Advisory Groups.

    This support helps young people manage difficult emotions, grow in confidence and self-esteem and better cope with stress and adversity.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Building resilience


    » Regular, free of charge, face to face bereavement support.
    » Young People's Advisory Group - A group for bereaved young people to work together on projects to help other bereaved young people.

    What success will look like

    We measure growing confidence and resilience in a variety of ways, from formal assessments to young people becoming ambassadors for the charity.

    Aim 2

    Improving family relationships


    » Offer bereavement support sessions involving other family members, to help them better communicate as a family.

    What success will look like

    We measure improved family relationships through formal assessments as well as feedback from families

  • Impact


    External evaluation of our work has found significant improvements in young people's lives. Young people report feeling happier, improved sleep and concentration, and being better able to develop friendships and to communicate with their families.

    We know these changes reduce the chances of the many negative implications which can be linked to child bereavement such as mental and physical illness and long-term unemployment.


    We work to the very highest professional standards. The main risk to our success is funding to continue to provide our free support.

    We receive no regular, guaranteed statutory funding and therefore rely heavily on public support to enable us to provide bereavement support for young people.

    To mitigate this risk, we fundraise in many different ways from many different places, from marathon runners to special events and philanthropic individuals.


    We will give all supporters regular updates about the number of young people supported. When young people agree to share their stories, we will send them to you. We will also keep you informed about the projects being developed by our Young People's Advisory Groups.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 Support Practitioners Directly supporting bereaved young people
      £4,000 Equipment and activities For use at one to one and group sessions
      £6,000 Venue and marketing For use at one to one and group sessions and to reach new audiences

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Dulverton Trust £20,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    We currently support bereaved young people in Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes, East London (Newham), Cumbria, Cheshire (Runcorn) and Glasgow.

    It costs approximately £40,000 to provide bereavement support for up to 50 young people in each of these areas. If you would like to learn more about the support available, please get in touch.


    Bereaved young people aged 11-25 living in Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes, East London, Cumbria, Cheshire and Glasgow.

    Experience tells us that the support of a parent or carer makes the single greatest difference to the future of a bereaved young person and we therefore support the wider bereaved family too.

    Young People's Advisory Group projects help thousands of young people across the world. e.g. a mobile phone app developed by the group has been downloaded more than 2,800 times.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are a well-established charity with a long track record of helping families to rebuild their lives after child bereavement.

    “We had assumed that Child Bereavement UK would only look at the issue to do with bereavement, but they do so much more than dealing with a child’s emotion over the death of somebody. As a family, we got a lot more out of it than we ever anticipated." Jo, stepmother to a bereaved teenager

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Bereavement Support Practitioners

    Your donation will help us continue to employ trained bereavement support practitioners to keep giving bereaved young people the help they need.

Film made by our Cheshire Young People’s Advisory Group (YPAG)


pays for a support session with a trained bereavement support practitioner