Bereavement Buddies

Bodmin Bereavement Buddies is a short-term piece of work, funded by the Cornwall Community Foundation, which will be carried out during February and March 2022. It aims to provide emotional and practical support for people in Bodmin experiencing bereavement, whilst providing the opportunity for bereaved people in Bodmin to have a say in future local bereavement support.

This work is based on the Adult Bereavement Care Pyramid which was developed in Ireland. The model recognises that bereaved adults may have a wide range of support needs, some of which can be met by family & friends or services in the community and others that are better met through professional services provided by those with more specialist knowledge and skills.

The work also aims to be part of future community support for bereaved people in Bodmin. The purpose of the work is twofold, to provide a local point of contact for people in Bodmin who are bereaved and want support but don’t know where to go, or who to contact, and to provide an opportunity for people to share their views about future community-based bereavement support in Bodmin.

The offer to bereaved adults:

This piece of work will offer the following to bereaved adults in Bodmin

  • conversations with compassionate volunteers who have been trained and supported to take on this new bereavement support role

  • information about other support that is available for bereaved adults

  • the chance for bereaved people to share their ideas about future community-based bereavement support.

Those in need of counselling will be signposted to other services providing bereavement counselling.

The work is being coordinated by a Bereavement Practitioner with experience of working with adults during the early stages of bereavement and provides opportunities for people who may like to become a volunteer.

Volunteering Opportunities:

Two key volunteer roles have been identified for this project – ‘Bereavement Buddies’ who will have contact with those contacting the service for support and ‘Project Assistant’ who will help with following up enquiries, providing information and supporting the survey activity which will be carried out.

Bereavement Buddy volunteer role:

Start Date: February 2022

OVERVIEW

As a bereavement buddy you will be providing a compassionate response for bereaved adults in Bodmin. You will be there to listen to bereaved adults and help them to get the support they would like.

A Bodmin Bereavement Buddy may be the first point of contact with this new project  for bereaved adults. Bereavement buddies will need to be open to having conversations about death and loss. 

 

Being a  Bereavement Buddy will include:

  • Having conversations with adults who are bereaved

  • Exploring what type of support a bereaved adult would like or needs

  • Sharing information about other services, groups and activities

What we’re offering Bereavement Buddies:

  • Initial Induction training will be provided before taking on the role

  • Individual and group support

  • Opportunity to gain more knowledge and understanding of bereavement

  • Opportunity to develop skills, abilities and confidence

 

Skills, Qualities & Experiences we are looking for:

  • Natural communicators

  • Commitment to offer a good quality service

  • Experience of being bereaved would be beneficial, but is not essential?

The roles with this project are new and likely to grow as the project develops, we want them to be rewarding experiences and will develop the roles with those who want to become involved in this important activity.

 

If you are interested in this role and feel you have suitable skills, abilities and experiences we would like to hear from you.

 

To find out more or talk to someone about this role please contact Joan

Or come along to our Volunteer Information Evening on ………………….. at The Old Library ………………….

To help with our arrangements please email us …………………to let us know you are planning to attend. Thank you – we look forward to meeting you.

Office Angel Role:

Start Date: February 2022

OVERVIEW

This role is aimed at supporting the project by carrying out a variety of activities and will be a very flexible one. The role will include helping with any of the following:-

  • Developing information on existing bereavement support for adults

  • Finding information for individual callers and volunteers

  • Contacting local groups and services

  • Sending out promotional material and survey forms

  • Typing and recording completed survey forms

 

What we’re offering Office Angels:

  • Initial Induction training will be provided before taking on the role

  • Individual and group support

  • Opportunity to gain more knowledge and understanding of bereavement

  • Opportunity to develop skills, abilities, and confidence

 

Skills, Qualities & Experiences we are looking for:

  • Using computers to research information, send & receive emails

  • Typing, filing, managing paperwork

  • Comfortable using the telephone

  • Being part of a small team

  • Positive minded – having a can-do attitude

  • Ability to keep sensitive information confidential

  • Commitment to offering a good quality service.

 

Experience of being bereaved would be beneficial, but is not essential?

The roles with this project are new and likely to grow as the project develops, we want them to be rewarding experiences and will develop them with those who want to join us in developing a valuable support service.

If you are interested in this role and feel you have suitable skills, qualities, and experiences we would like to hear from you.

 

To find out more or talk to someone about this role please contact Joan

Or come along to our Volunteer Information Evening on ………………….. at The Old Library ………………….

To help with our arrangements please email us …………………to let us know you are planning to attend. Thank you – we look forward to meeting you.