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HPCVS Bereavement Support Group

High Peak CVS Secure 3 Year Funding for Bereavement and Loss Support Group.  

High Peak CVS are delighted to announce that we have secured a three-year grant of £123,933 from the National Lottery Reaching Communities programme in order to continue our Glossop Bereavement and Loss Support Group as well as extend the service across the High Peak.

Community Fund LogoThe funding will enable us to continue delivering our bereavement support in Central Glossop which has directly supported over 80 people since it was launched in March 2018, as well as develop two new daytime groups and an evening group across the High Peak. People living in the High Peak area who have experienced the loss of a loved one will be able to access vital support and we are proud that the Lottery have acknowledged the importance of such a service.

Liz Fletcher, Bereavement and Loss Support Group Lead, High Peak CVS said:

"I am delighted that we are able to expand our bereavement support across the High Peak, which has been developed in full collaboration with those who need our support. We are also working in partnership with other relevant services to create effective and compassionate support groups, holding people as they take time to grieve in the most appropriate and understanding company of all, other people who are also grieving.”

The Glossop pilot was funded by Tameside and Glossop Integrated NHS Foundation Trust (ICFT) to help improve the health and wellbeing of those that have suffered bereavement. The pilot launched with an initial membership of 12 and within a year an additional evening group was set up to meet demand for support.

Liz added: "Everybody experiences grief in different ways – some may feel anger or shock, a deep sadness as well as complicated and mixed feelings such as relief, guilt and regret, others may feel incredibly lonely, lost or even numb to their feelings. Bereavement can have a detrimental effect on wellbeing by affecting sleep, appetite and motivation to participate in everyday activities like exercising and socialising, asking for help or being able to offer help. The pilot group in Glossop has proven invaluable in providing a safe space where people can open up about their feelings, share their grief journey, share progress and setbacks, supporting each other to start to take steps towards leading a different life without their loved one.”

Some of the beneficiaries of the pilot were known to have travelled over 30 miles to attend the Glossop group, showing the desperate need for additional groups to meet a need across the wider High Peak geographical area. In addition to the existing Glossop group, the funding will allow High Peak CVS to offer services in Chapel-en-le-Frith and Buxton, therefore reaching more people that need dedicated support.

High Peak CVS is working with partners across the health and social care sector to help refer people to the groups who are struggling with their loss and who may be at risk of social isolation.

Helen Sharples, End of Life Care Facilitator for Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust Palliative Care Team said:

"The Glossop Bereavement Group offers a place of safety to express your love and loss. Talking of your memories which bring smiles, tears and laughter. Members can bring photographs to remember, with love, the joy before the loss”. 

If anyone is interested in attending any of these groups, know someone who may benefit from them or would like to know more please contact Liz Fletcher via lizsgp@highpeakcvs.org.uk or Tel: 01663735350

Bereavement Support Service

James Bromley – CEO of High Peak CVS
Liz Fletcher – Bereavement and Loss Support Group Lead at High Peak CVS

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