The Compassionate Communities Bereavement Hubs will be available across Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire, and are currently being set up by Compton Care and Cruse Bereavement Care, with the aim of launching in July. They will be led by a team of volunteers and provide friendship and signposting advice for people trying to come to terms with the death of a loved one.
The new hubs will be based in community centres, nursing homes and libraries and are designed to be flexible to people’s needs so they can be run in local communities where people can come together to support each other in times of crisis and loss.
The service is being made possible thanks to a £16,665 grant from Staffordshire Freemasons. The funds come through the Masonic Charitable Foundation and Hospice UK collaboration, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends from across England and Wales.
The Masonic Charitable Foundation is providing £163,000 to Hospice UK in a pilot partnership aimed at developing and extending bereavement support services in hospices across the country. Contributions from Freemasons to hospices have exceeded £12 million in England and Wales since 1984 and are continuing to increase at a rate of £600,000 a year.
Compton Care Partnership Development Manager Marianne Grant, said:
“Compton is very grateful to Staffordshire Masons for their generous grant, which will help us greatly improve the way bereaved people access information, advice and support from local services. We will also be creating a friendly informal space for people to meet others who are also affected by loss.”
Dr John Skellern from Staffordshire Freemasons said:
“We are very pleased to be able to help Compton Care. They do wonderful work supporting people with life-limiting illness as well as their families. We know this grant will help them to develop the vital support they offer to bereaved people.”
For more information visit Compton Care