Walsall people who are grieving after the loss of a loved one can now get support through a new Bereavement Help Point in the town.
St Giles Hospice are working in partnership with Furzebank Worship Centre and Short Heath Federation in Walsall to offer advice, information on emotional and practical support to people who have been bereaved.
St Giles Walsall Community Engagement officer Alpa Thakar said the help point is an easily accessible way to get advice, support and information.
“Losing a friend or family member can be incredibly difficult and our Help Points are easily accessible, free groups that anyone can attend,” she said.
“There’s no need to register and it doesn’t matter what type of bereavement or when, just come along to the Help Point to find out more from our bereavement support volunteers.
“Our help points are open to everyone in Walsall and surrounding areas and everyone is welcome.”
St Giles operates thirteen Help Points across its catchment area including the new Walsall location. Full details of all locations are here www.stgileshospice.com/bereavement-help-points
The Bereavement Help Point is open to any adult who has experienced loss, not just people who have been cared for by St Giles, and provides information and support for people who need it for as long as they need it.
“Our Bereavement Help Points provide free support for people who have lost someone and we are proud to say that people can get support within 48 hours if they need it,” said St Giles Community Engagement Manager Ian Leech.
“We see it as a safety net for the community. Sometimes it just takes the opportunity to speak to someone who can empathise and understand.
“We are incredibly proud that we are working in partnership to grow the help point network and we are now supporting hundreds of people a month.”
Reverend Helen Duckett said: “Furzebank Worship Centre are proud to be working with St. Giles Hospice and the Short Heath Federation to provide support and a listening ear to local people who are living with bereavement. We welcome anyone to get in touch with us to find out more, or just to come along on a Friday morning and meet us.”
Cathy Draper, Executive Headteacher said: “At Short Heath Federation, where our motto is that ‘Every Day, In Every Way, Everyone Matters’, being able to support the setting up of this much needed service in our community is a pleasure. Bereavement affects all of us at some time in our lives and it’s important to us as a family of schools that we can help to provide much needed support in our local community.”
The new Bereavement Help Point is held on Fridays from 10am – 12 noon at Furzebank Worship Centre, Rosedale Infants School, Stroud Avenue, Willenhall, WV12 4EG. Once you are on the school site, walk towards the main reception and then follow the path round to the right. The way is signposted.
Another Bereavement Help Point is held on Tuesdays from 10.30am – 12.30pm at Rushall Community Centre, 10 Springfields, Walsall, WS4 1JT.