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Project information

Supporting Families to Support Chidlren

Provide parents and key caregivers with skills, advice and support in helping children and adolescents who are facing the loss of a loved one due to a life limiting illness. In the format of groups. We believe this will help us meet the needs of bereft children and young people with complex needs.

12 months with 6 month review

Charity information: Wigan & Leigh Hospice

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  • Need


    Child Bereavement Network estimate 120 parents die in the Wigan area per year, leaving around 200 dependent children. Estimation of children & young people in the borough who have been bereaved of a parent or sibling in their childhood is around 1,540. Not including the loss of other key significant relatives, such as a grandparent. There is little resource out in the community to equip parents/guardians with the ability to recognise the effect of grief within the child and support them.


    It recognises children are affected by grief differently. Anxiety, sleep difficulties, anger and disruptive behaviour are examples of common grief reactions. 1/3 of children will have clinical levels of emotional/behavioral difficulties during the first two years. Care givers of children need to therefore be able to recognise/acknowledge how grief may affect their child, what support they can offer & how to access additional advice and support should it be required.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Equip families to support their bereaved children and young people


    » Group programme covering topics, including preparatory work re. anticipatory grief, difficult conversations, practical needs, networking with others.

    What success will look like

    Complete programme, carry out reviews & analyse service user feedback.

  • Impact


    Will have an embedded programme that will lead on to the hospice providing bereavement support to families in the wider community and not just those known to the Hospice.
    May also create the opportunity for other support groups to use the Hospice as its base.
    We will have trained staff and volunteers to implement these programmes.


    The counselling service having the capacity to deliver the programme and train others. Monies from the challenge will enable the Hospice to release the counsellor's time by back filling the post.
    Recruitment of volunteers. We have already approached current bereavement volunteers.


    Website and social media
    twice yearly news letter explaining Hospice activities and new projects undertaken.
    E news letters.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Fascilitator delivering 4 x group programme within the 1st year
      £5,000 Volunteers Recruitment of volunteers
      £5,000 Resources Room for groups. Facilities for training volunteers, training materials etc
      £3,000 Training Training courses, guidance & training support
      £2,000 Beneficiaries Support packs & literature, ongoing support after group sessions
  • Background


    Wigan Borough (around 320,000 residents) has the highest percentage of over 65s in Greater Manchester.The borough has a high incidence of people diagnosed with coronary heart disease, dementia, COPD all of which are progressive condtions. 19,000 over the age of 65 are estimated to have moderate to high social care needs. Too many people in the borough are dying in hospital and high numbers of individuals are isolated, lonely and/or physically inactive.


    Beneficiiaries will be patients, family members and children affected by life limiting illness and bereavement of a close family member. In the last year, the hospice worked with 1,070 patients and 250 family members through direct services, it is anticipated that over a 12 month period we would deliver x4 ‘Supporting Families, Supporting Children’ bereavement programmes and each programme would be attended by x10 families. This would equip 60 parents or guardians & between 60 to 150 children.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Hospice has over 30 years of specialist palliative care experience to offer.
    The location of Wigan & Leigh Hospice is central to the borough and is supported over 700 volunteers.
    The hospice already has strong established working relationships with other key service providers within the borough.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jacqueline White

    Departmental Manager who will oversee the project.