Urgent call for volunteers to help bereavement care charity

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A charity which helps to support bereaved people in Bedfordshire is desperate for new volunteers.

Last year Cruse Bereavement Care Bedfordshire helped over 2,000 bereaved people and is now looking for more people to train as Bereavement Support

Volunteers.

Cruse Bedfordshire offers support to bereaved people in the county through one-to-one support in the home, at its drop in centres in Bedford, Biggleswade or Luton, by telephone and in groups.

Demand for the service is increasing and more volunteers are needed urgently, in all areas of the county but particularly in Bedford, Luton, Leighton Buzzard, Flitwick and Biggleswade.

The work is very rewarding and can be flexible to fit in with other commitments, says the charity.

One bereavement supporter said: “The reward in this job is to see the person taking up his or her life again. I am always impressed by the strength of the human spirit and have met some wonderful people.”

The next Awareness in Bereavement Care course starts at St John’s Hospice in Moggerhanger in April and runs on two Saturdays a month until July. No formal qualifications are needed - just a desire to help people and the willingness to learn. The course is taught by people who have experience in

bereavement care both professionally and as volunteers and there is an option to gain external accreditation.

To ensure a high standard of training, places are limited and early booking is advised.

For more information contact Lois Wright on (01525) 841415 or email lois.wright@crusebedfordshire.org.uk or go to www.crusebedfordshire.org.uk