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New friendship group to help people through bereavement

31 July 2017
New friendship group to help people through bereavement.

A new group supporting people who have been bereaved is set to launch in Rayleigh and Rochford, thanks to funding from a leading housing provider.

Sanctuary Housing is working with a number of local organisations to establish a place where people can share their experiences and find companionship following the death of a loved one they cared for.

The new Friendship Group will provide the opportunity for people to meet regularly with others who understand the grieving process and are looking to explore new interests.

It is being launched in conjunction with disability charity the Hamelin Trust, Carers Cafe, Motor Neurone Disease Society, Essex Carers Support and the Rayleigh, Rochford and District Association for Voluntary Service (RRAVS).

Victoria Marzouki, partnerships & development manager at RRAVS, said: “Those who have lost the loved person they were caring for can become isolated, suffer health issues and feel vulnerable. This group is there to support and guide them so that they don’t feel on their own.

“While it is still starting out, we hope it will become a place people can turn to for support, guidance and friendship.”

Chris Silvey, Sanctuary’s resident involvement officer, added: “This group will provide an important network for people coping with the loss of a loved one and we are happy to support it.”  

To find out more about the new group, call 01268 772796 or email conniecreighton@rravs.org.uk.

Sanctuary is supporting the project through its Maureen’s Gift fund, which gives donations to charities, resident groups and voluntary organisations in need of financial help to deliver community activities. It was set up in 2011 in memory of local community champion Maureen Vince.

To apply or find out more about Maureen’s Gift, contact Sanctuary, quoting Maureen’s Gift, on either 0300 123 3511 or 0800 131 3348. Alternatively, email contactus@sanctuary-housing.co.uk.