Have you heard of ‘Help in Bereavement’?

We were treated to a very enlightening talk by Sandra Simmonds, a volunteer with this worthwhile charity.

Bereavement is something all of us will experience at some time in our lives either directly or indirectly. There is a small local registered charity run entirely by volunteers who work to support those who have been bereaved and maybe suffering with the pain of grief, loneliness and social isolation caused by the loss of a loved one. It is called ‘Help in Bereavement’. There are currently twelve visitors in this organisation (soon to increase to seventeen) and they respond to requests to visit and provide the opportunity for those who wish to talk, seek support or just to have someone sit with them.
The volunteers are not bereavement ‘councillors’, but they have provided a free listening service since they were founded in 1979. This service covers Portsmouth, Cosham, Waterlooville, Havant, Hayling Island, Fareham and Gosport.
They also run a monthly coffee morning for friendship and support at St Georges Church in Waterlooville on the second Monday of every month from 10am to 12 noon.
Volunteers are fully trained and are always looking for additional volunteers to join the charity. To learn about their Open Evenings and to reserve a place on their training course call 07432 602613 or email training@help-in-bereavement or visit www.help-in-bereavement.co.uk

About mikew

Retired from Royal Navy after 30 years before becoming a Resource (and later Deployment) Manager with DERA (now QinetiQ) and now retired for the second time! Interests include being a volunteer at the Kings Theatre Portsmouth (recently retired as Trustee Director). Church Warden at Holy Trinity Blendworth. Secretary of our Rotary Club's Community Service, Vocational and Youth Committee for 2012-14. Currently the Club's Secretary.


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