Winston’s Wish, the leading childhood bereavement in the UK, has further underlined its commitment to supporting families in the North West by expanding its drop-in services to include monthly facilities at the Family Support Centre in Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and the Salvation Army offices in Southport.

The Manchester drop-in will run monthly on the first Tuesday of each month from 11am to 1pm, utilising the Family Support Centre, which is located at The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Hathersage Road, Manchester M13 9WL. The first session will be held on Tuesday 3rd November 2015.

The Southport drop-in will run on the last Thursday of each month from 3.30-5.30pm at the Salvation Army offices, located at 65 Shakespeare Street, Southport, PR8 5AJ. The first session is Thursday 29th October 2015.

This follows the continued success of two weekly drop-in services in Leigh and Wigan which have been running since 2014.

The new monthly drop-ins will be accessible to parents/carers, young people or professionals who would like to find out more about the bereavement services provided by Winston’s Wish, or would like to meet with other people in relation to a bereavement in a relaxed setting.

Rebekah Lawson, Family Services Team Leader for the North West, commented:

“The drop-in format works so well – children and young people find it really accessible and less pressured than coming to a formal appointment. It also means we can see families without long waiting times. Some families have travelled well over an hour to come and see us, which is really moving.

We realise though that for some families, circumstances are just too difficult to travel very far, and so we are opening up a city centre based drop-in at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, and an additional drop-in at the Salvation Army office in Southport. We have been looking for an opportunity to offer a central location in the North West and are delighted that this is launching.

This is a great opportunity for Winston’s Wish to extend our bereavement services as we have had so much positive feedback since launching in the North West in 2014. We are delighted to be able to offer the drop-in sessions in this locality and hope to develop local fundraising partnerships to support our work in the city centre”.

The Winston’s Wish national Helpline, specialist publications, interactive website and call-back telephone counselling service remain available to bereaved families nationwide.

Approximately one in 25 children and young people have experienced bereavement of a parent or sibling, and Winston’s Wish reach over 40,000 children a year.

Further details about the North West drop-in can be found here.