Bereavement awareness training

“My experience with Cruse has resulted in
me being a much stronger person and being
able to move on with confidence.”
(Former Cruse client)
How to contact Cruse in
Northern Ireland
Local area offices
Cruse has eight local offices throughout Northern
Ireland. Please contact your nearest office for services in
your area:
awareness training
Cruse in Northern Ireland also offers training, support
and information to those working directly with bereaved
Cruse is committed to delivering training of the highest
standard and promoting bereavement issues within the
Experienced Cruse trainers can deliver Bereavement
Awareness workshops to meet the needs of individual
For further information on bereavement awareness
training contact the regional office.
ARMAGH/DUNGANNON AREA.............. 028 8778 4004
Merrion House, 46 The Square, Moy, BT71 7SG
BELFAST AREA............... 028 9043 4600/028 9023 2695
10 College Green, BELFAST, BT7 1LN
FOYLE AREA................................................ 028 7126 2941
4 Dacre Terrace, Derry, BT48 6JU
NEWRY & MOURNE AREA....................... 028 3025 2322
Office 9, Enterprise House, Canal Quay, NEWRY, BT35 6PH
NORTH DOWN & ARDS AREA................ 028 9127 2444
Bangor Community Hospital, BANGOR, BT20 4TA
BANNSIDE OFFICE..................................... 028 2563 0900
Oak Cottage, Braid Valley Hospital, BALLYMENA, BT43 6HL
CAUSEWAY OFFICE................................... 028 2766 6686
Robinson Memorial Hospital, BALLYMONEY, BT53 6HH
N.I. Regional Office:
Piney Ridge,
Knockbracken Healthcare Park, Saintfield Road,
Tel: 028 9079 2419
Fax: 028 9079 2474
E-mail: [email protected]
National Cruse helpline
Riverside House, Woodvale Avenue, OMAGH, BT79 0AU
0844 477 9400
CRUSE CHARITY SHOP............................. 028 9182 0321
Opening times: Mon–Fri, 9.30am–5.00pm
OMAGH/FERMANAGH AREA.................. 028 8224 4414
6a North Street, NEWTOWNARDS, BT23 4OE
All donations welcome to support the work of
Cruse in Northern Ireland.
This leaflet is also available in alternative formats,
e.g. large print and other languages. Please contact the
Regional Office on 028 9079 2419.
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Restoring hope
The death of someone we love is likely to be
the most distressing experience we will ever
face. When someone dies, a relationship
is lost, a process of change begins and we
move towards a new and largely unknown
Cruse Bereavement Care in Northern Ireland
can provide support to assist individuals to
move through this period of change.
Services available in
Northern Ireland include:
• Free leaflets available from local offices or the Cruse
Regional Office
• Individual face-to-face Bereavement Support &
Counselling from a Bereavement Volunteer
• Support in a bereavement group
• National Helpline 0844 477 9400
and email [email protected]
• On-line access to information at
• Advice, support and information for
parents and carers supporting bereaved
children and young people
Facts about Cruse
• Cruse in Northern Ireland has been providing
bereavement support in the community since 1984.
• Cruse is a national charity which exists to promote
the well-being of bereaved people, and to enable
anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief
and cope with their loss.
• Cruse services are provided free of charge and are
dependent on the generosity of the local community
and statutory support to deliver the service.
• Cruse services are based on volunteers in local
communities supporting bereaved individuals in their
How can Cruse help?
Cruse provides a range of services to help people to
cope with the changes that bereavement may create in
their lives.
Volunteering for
• Face to face bereavement support
for children aged 4-18
in the majority of
Cruse area/branches
in Northern Ireland
• For young people,
a Freephone Helpline:
0808 808 1677
and on-line access to
information and support at and
email [email protected]
• For bereaved parents, the
Remember Our Child service
provides information and support
following the loss of a child,
Tel: 028 9079 7975
[email protected]
• Providing support in Northern
Ireland’s prisons.
What can I do for Cruse?
• You can help run a local service by getting involved
in fundraising activities, organising publicity,
administration, or being part of a management
• You can directly support bereaved people on a one
to one basis, facilitate bereavement groups and
provide volunteer supervision and training.
Who can volunteer for Cruse?
• Anyone can apply to be a volunteer for Cruse. You
do not need to have any qualifications or previous
experience for all of the opportunities, but you
do need to care about bereaved people and have
time to offer. You will be given all the preparation,
training and support you need. We welcome
men and women of all ages, races, cultures and
What is the reward for volunteers?
• Your expenses will be paid and you are likely to
gain enormous satisfaction from knowing you are
making a positive difference to someone’s life. You
can also benefit from the opportunity to complete
an externally accredited course and ongoing
personal development. Every hour of time given by
a volunteer helps a child or adult face the future
knowing that they are not alone.