Additional Support for Bereaved People

We are delighted to announce that our Bereavement Information Hubs, helping people to deal with loss and grief, will be launching across Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire this month.

The Bereavement Information Hubs, which have been set up by our Compassionate Communities Team alongside Cruse Bereavement Care, are led by volunteers and offer an informal, friendly place to meet and talk to others who have experienced loss and grief.

There are three hubs based at Bilston People’s Centre, Perton Library and Gloucester Street Community Centre and drop-in sessions will be held at each venue once a month. It is hoped that further hubs will be set up by local communities across the area where people can come together to support each other in times of crisis and loss.

Compton Care Partnership Development Manager Marianne Grant, said: “At Compton Care we recognise the importance of working with our communities and developing new initiatives to help people access information and support in their community. The idea for creating Bereavement Information Hubs were identified due to the limited resources available to people in Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire.

“Our new partnership and collaboration with Cruse Bereavement Care has enabled us to create an initiative that encourages people to come together and share experiences in a welcoming and friendly environment. The aim is to encourage the creation of support networks, which are run and owned by the community members themselves.”

A grant of £16,665 was given to Compton by Staffordshire Freemasons in order to set up the hubs. The Masonic Charitable Foundation is providing £163,000 to Hospice UK, the national charity for hospice care, in a pilot partnership aimed at developing and extending bereavement support services in hospices across the country.

Mrs Grant added: “Funding from The Masonic Foundation Trust has allowed us to set up hubs across three different communities for people to meet others who have been affected and find out more information about other local services.”

Nicola Dias, Operations Manager for Cruse said: “Cruse Bereavement Care are delighted to be working in partnership with Compton Care supporting bereaved people and their families in Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire.”

For more information about the hubs and when they meet please email or call 0300 323 0250.

Clinical Enquiries: 01902 774570, General Enquiries: 0300 323 0250.