Cornwall Council Learning Training Development Unit (LTDU) invited Bbass to collaborate on the new bereavement course to be delivered to the voluntary sector and council staff members. We have been involved at every stage of the development and procurement of the course. This included our thoughts on what the course aims and objectives should be, through to sitting on the tender panel to chose the organisation who will deliver the course. This has now taken place with five organisations presenting. The panel consisted of the Cornwall Council LTDU, and Bbass partners, Macmillan Nurses and Volunteer Cornwall. Continue reading →
The recruitment campaign is going well. On the first day we have had 1111 opens on newsletter that resulted in 275 hits on Bbass recruitment page. It’s become quite addictive watching the hits go up steadily throughout the day. It’s all linked to my iPhone, so wherever I am I can see how the campaign is going.
The language of bereavement and grief are explored by writer Michael Rosen, as he talks to psychologists, teachers, hospice workers, childrens charities, and visits a Death Cafe.
Winstons Wish is a charity for children who have lost a parent, brother or sister. Michael sits in on a training session for teachers and carers in Cheltenham, and discovers how the language we use can either confuse or comfort young children. He talks to psychologist Colin Murray Parkes about the stages of grieving and the psychological complexity of dealing with loss. And he visits a Death Cafe, where like-minded people come together to discuss anything and everything about death and dying, whilst
enjoying tea and cake.
We are currently recruiting befriender and advocacy volunteers for the project. Full training will be given, which includes mentoring skills, models of bereavement, safeguarding and an introduction to advocacy. Training starts on 4th February.
If you’re interested then click here to view a copy of the poster and here for an enrolment form. You can also help by circulating to your networks. Tweet if you twitter and put it on your Facebook page. Alternatively print off and display for others to see. Thanks for your help and regards from the Bbass Team
We are begining to find and be made aware of other projects and initiatives in and around Cornwall, and farther afield. A very useful site is Way Up that is an internet based berievement support group for people who are widowed and over 50. Full details and a history of Way Up can be found in the Way Up Brochure
There is also a dedicated site for those under 50 called The Way Foundation. You may find it worth having a look at both sites.
Joanne, the East Coordinator, and I had a great meeting yesterday with Sue, a new volunteer who wants to get involved in the befriending side of the scheme. Sue is one of those inspirational people you occasionally meet, who inspires you to do more and charges up your batteries. She is really enthusiastic about getting involved with Bbass Continue reading →
A pen picture of members of the BBass team can now be seen on the ‘Team’ page. From left to right are Sam (advocate volunteer), Zoe(befriender volunteer), Terry (project manager) Simon (west coordinator), Joe (east coordinator) and last but by no means least, Andrew (administrator). For more information see the ‘Team’ page.