One child in every UK classroom under the age of 16 has been bereaved of a parent of sibling. In Pembrokeshire, it is estimated that 520 school aged children are bereaved of a parent or sibling.
The 19th November 2020 is Children’s Grief Awareness Day, a day designed to help us all become more aware of the needs of grieving children — and of the benefits they obtain through the support of others. Children’s Grief Awareness Day is an opportunity to make sure that grieving children receive the support they need.
It marks the start of Children’s Grief Awareness Week 2020, now in its sixth year and founded by leading childhood bereavement charity Grief Encounter. It is designed to raise awareness of bereaved children and young people in the UK, and how providing those affected with free, professional support can make the world of difference to their future.
Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity will show our solidarity with grieving children, young people and their families in our community; raising awareness of their needs and how to help.
We are spending the week highlighting the importance of recognising the importance of listening to children and young people during bereavement, sharing resources around challenging conversations and how to plan for your children in the event of your death.
Join us on social media this week to learn how you can keep talking to ensure that the child’s voice is clearly heard and understood.
Church Matters with Ecclesiastical have launched their Movement For Good Awards 2020, where you can nominate a charity to receive a £1,000 donation – please would you take the time to nominate us and help us to support bereaved children and young people?
Our charity number is 1187011 (you will need to enter this on the voting form).
‘It is our mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need’ Project Linus UK has made over 400,000 quilts since 2000!
A big thank you to Project Linus Volunteers for the stunning quilts you lovingly make for our children. We know that many still have their quilts into adulthood.
Here is Judith Johnson from Project Linus providing us with her beautiful hand made treasures.
Anneline Rogers appointed as new Assistant Bereavement Practitioner at Sandy Bear, funded by BBC Children in Need and Pembrokeshire County Council
Anneline Rogers has recently been welcomed into the Sandy Bear team as a new Assistant Bereavement Practitioner. Anneline joins at an important time for Sandy Bear to support the increased demand for services due to the challenges presented by Covid 19. Anneline will be working directly with children and young people who have lost a significant loved one.
Prior to her new role, Anneline worked and volunteered in various roles including children’s advocacy, mental health and most recently, in domestic violence. Her experience covers being first point of contact for sudden and often traumatic death and has involved supporting bereaved families in the early stages of their grief journey. In addition, Anneline volunteered at a Romanian orphanage where young children and teenagers had all suffered the trauma of abuse as well as the loss of one or both parents through abandonment or bereavement.
The role of Assistant Bereavement Practitioner has been newly created following the successful application by Sandy Bear to BBC Children in Need’s Covid-19 Next Steps funding programme, resulting in an award of £53k to increase staff resources at the charity. This role is further funded by Pembrokeshire County Council who provided 50% match funding for the role.
Anneline says “I’m really excited and humbled to be part of this wonderful charity supporting bereaved children in Pembrokeshire. I have always strived to help and support people and in particular children. I have a lot of skills to bring to the charity which include holding therapeutic emotional support sessions for children to help build on their own emotional health and resilience.”
Isobel Hall chair of Sandy Bear states that “We are very fortunate to have recruited Anneline to our team and I’m sure she will be a valuable team member. We also would like to thank both BBC Children in Need and Pembrokeshire County Council who have joint-funded this post so that we can reach out to more children within our county”.
Meleri Jones, Wales Regional Officer, BBC Children in Need commented: “BBC Children in Need is committed to improving the lives of those children and young people who need it most by supporting projects like this which work locally to make real and lasting changes to young lives.”
Our trustees volunteer their time to ensure that we are right on track to support children, young people and their families through the loss of a significant loved one.
A big thank you to all of them in #TrusteesWeek from #teamsandybear, you have been an amazing support to us (and long may it continue).
Here they are at our recent AGM – you can find out more about out trustees at https://www.sandybear.co.uk/about/board-of-trustees
Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity has been awarded a £1500 grant to help it continue its services during the pandemic.
The Sandy Bear charity received the funding after its local Preseli MP Stephen Crabb nominated it for a cash award from Western Power Distribution’s (WPD’s) ‘In This Together – Community Matters Fund’.
The fund was established by the local electricity distributor at the start of lockdown to support grass root organisations in delivering care to vulnerable people and families. It initially supported over 300 organisations with £500,000 funding. As the lockdown lifted, WPD extended its support by a further £250,000 and offered MPs the opportunity to put forward a community group or charity for a grant to help towards its work during these challenging times.
Stephen Crabb said: “Bereavement at any age can be heart breaking, but for young people the death of a loved one can turn their lives upside down.
“That’s why the work that Sandy Bear do in helping bereaved young people is so important. Its work with children and young families is to be commended and that’s why I was pleased to nominate Sandy Bear for this grant.”
Alison Sleightholm, WPD’s Resources & External Affairs Director, said: “Throughout this crisis we have worked tirelessly to support our local communities and keep the energy flowing to our 7.9 million customers. The crisis is far from over and as we enter the next phase of the UK’s response to the pandemic, we’re delighted that 92 MPs in our regions have nominated deserving causes for up to £1,500 of funding.
“We’re proud that, so far, we have been able to fund over 450 charities and groups within our area. Through the extension of our fund and with the fantastic support of our MPs, we’re able to support even more organisations doing valuable community work.”
Even though the Virgin Money UK London Marathon2020 was cancelled, Emma Mills (our hero) ran the 26.2 miles from Abereiddy to Llanstadwell in aid of Sandy Bear on the 3rd October. Despite pouring rain and really difficult conditions. An amazing achievement and raised funds for us to support the charity.
The Sandy Cubs room is ready and now only awaiting the little children we have the privilege of supporting. As soon as we can safely open with the coronavirus restrictions
Thank you to @TNLCommunityFund, #southhooklng and the Remembering Jacob Memorial Fund for getting us this far