Vision and mission
Our vision is a world where all bereaved children receive the support they need to achieve their full potential.
Our mission is to ensure the resilience of children confronted by the death of someone important to them by providing high quality services that meet their needs.
Our child-focused approach supports the whole family. Our range of services includes the following:
- A national Helpline, staffed by qualified clinical practitioners, for anyone concerned about a child coping with the serious illness or death of a family member (08452 03 04 05).
- Home assessments to agree the support needed by children and their families.
- Individual and family work designed to find constructive ways to cope with difficult feelings and build self-esteem.
- Residential weekends for small groups of bereaved children which can reduce their feelings of isolation, provide creative ways to remember the person who has died and help them face the future with confidence and hope.
- Groups to support parents and give them advice on helping their grieving children.
- Specialist support for children bereaved through murder, manslaughter or suicide.
- Structured group sessions to help pre-school age children understand death and the feelings associated with it.
- Outward Bound weekends for groups of bereaved 14 - 16 year olds, already supported by Winston's Wish, designed to build self-esteem, develop confidence and share experiences.
- Training and consultancy for professionals and organisations who work with bereaved children and young people, including support for schools.
- Website containing practical information for children, families and professionals, including an interactive message forum for young people and an 'ask a question' facility.
- Publications and other resources designed to offer practical support and guidance to bereaved children, young people, their families, friends and professionals.
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