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Training to be a One-To-One Bereavement Support Volunteer within Gloucestershire

The work of a BV can be challenging at times, but can also be enormously rewarding. You will be in a position to make a real difference to our clients, as they live life without their loved one who has died.

To become a client facing BV, you first have to pass a Cruse Bereavement Support Foundation (BSF) course (3 whole days) and produce a portfolio of learning work. The 3 day course is held in our offices in Cheltenham. There are then ‘elective’ modules which vary in length and depend on your preference for client work. In Gloucestershire, we only offer the 2 day ‘face to face’ elective currently which, if successfully passed, leads to supporting clients one to on. Other electives; ‘group work’, ‘telephone support’, working with children and young people’ are usually held on other areas (often Birmingham).

Our next 3 day foundation course will be held in our Cheltenham office on Monday 23/9/19, 30/9/19 and 14/10/19 followed by the 2 day elective for ‘face to face’ one to one client work on Monday 28/10/19 and Monday 11/11/19.  

For your information, here are some details of what will be involved in this training.

1. Attend a short induction meeting (1-2 hours) in our Cheltenham office, where you’ll find out more about being a volunteer for Cruse Gloucestershire, about Cruse Bereavement Care our charity and about the commitment needed to be a Bereavement volunteer (BV).The next induction sessions will run on Tuesday 23rd July at 6.30pm.

2. Fill in an application form (see below for a direct link to download this).

3. Attend a pre-course interview. These are likely to be in July/August

Attendance at all 5 days is MANDATORY in order to work face to face with clients.

Closing date for all applications for the BSF and ‘face to face’ elective is July 31st 2019

A fee of £75 is chargeable for the course to cover our administration costs. Having completed the course and portfolio, you will have a post-course interview and portfolios will be externally moderated by Cruse Bereavement Care and can also be moderated by Ascentis (a separate fee of £60 is chargeable for the latter).

Cruse Bereavement Care is an Organisational Member of BACP and works within the BACP Ethical Framework. Bereavement counselling work with Cruse clients can be recorded towards the total hours required for Diploma courses and for BACP accreditation.

Our training is professional and of a high quality. Once qualified, we also offer some continuous professional development (CPD) in the form of a programme of interesting and stimulating training workshops throughout the year.These are free of charge but you must work actively for us to attend them.

You will be also receive one hour’s personal supervision per month in your first 12 months of active work for us, then 1.5 hours’ group supervision per month ongoing.

Once trained you will be expected to have a minimum of two Gloucestershire clients at any one time. The work is unpaid but travel expenses can be claimed.

You may subsequently wish to go on and specialise in a particular aspect of bereavement work, for example

working with children, with groups or with clients who have learning difficulties or mental health problems. Again we are delighted to encourage such development.

For an application form please contact the Cheltenham office. 

Please return the form to :

Cruse Bereavement Care Gloucestershire, Lower Ground Floor, 31 St Georges Rd, Cheltenham,GL50 3DU and NOT to the Richmond address given on the form.

If you have any questions at all about the training or about any aspect of the organisation, do please contact us by phone or by email.

If you are unable, or don’t wish, to make such a big commitment, you may still like to consider joining us as a First-Point-of-Contact/Administration Volunteer.
You will provide initial telephone response and assistance to clients and other callers, and help run our friendly Cheltenham office. We need people who can work one (or more) mornings per week. You will receive full on-the-job training for the role.

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