Families affected by bereavement in Perton can now get advice and support at their local library.
The Perton Star Café provides a friendly and welcoming opportunity for anyone affected by bereavement to get advice and support and has been set up in partnership between us, Staffordshire County Council’s Library and Arts Service and Stafford-based charity, A Child of Mine.
Gill Heath, Cabinet Member responsible for libraries at Staffordshire County Council said: “We are delighted to be working with A Child of Mine as part of our continued partnership with Compton Care. The Library at Perton is a great community hub and so the perfect place to establish an important group of this kind, which can hopefully provide much needed support for people in our communities in South Staffordshire.”
Over the last 18 months the library has been supporting Wolverhampton-based charity Compton Care by facilitating one of its nine Bereavement Information Hubs. Similar to the Perton Star Café, the hubs are led by volunteers who offer an informal, friendly place to meet and talk to others who have experienced loss and grief.
Maz Kull, our Community Engagement Coordinator added: “We work really closely with Staffordshire Libraries, they support three of our bereavement hubs already in South Staffordshire and so this seemed like a natural progression of our partnership.”
A Child of Mine supports families across Staffordshire and works alongside healthcare professionals when a child has died by providing confidential emotional support, practical information and guidance to families. It also provides training and education for professionals.
The charity already provides several groups for parents and both younger and older children who have lost a sibling. These groups provide a safe, friendly environment where they can meet others who understand and are also useful for helping people access information, advice and signposting to local services and support.
Gayle Routledge, from A Child of Mine, said: “We are passionate about making a difference to bereaved families and providing them with as much support as possible during the dark days that lie ahead.
“We are delighted that Compton Care and Perton Library will be supporting us as we reach out to bereaved families in South Staffordshire. The library is already a welcoming, safe place to come for families and we hope this partnership will encourage more parents and families to seek us out.”