Training to be a One-To-One Bereavement Support Volunteer within Gloucestershire
The work we do can be challenging at times, but can also be enormously satisfying. You will be in a position to make a real difference to people’s lives !
In order to undertake 1:1 bereavement support you will need:
1. To attend a short induction meeting (1-2 hours) in our Cheltenham office, the first will be held on the 7th November 2017 at 6pm. If you are unable to attend this date we will be holding a second induction meeting on the 4th December 2017 at 4pm and a further and final one on 16th January at 6pm 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). Attendance to one of these induction dates is MANDATORY.
2. To fill in an application form (see below for a direct link to download this).
3. To attend a pre-course interview, these will take place on the 13th & 20th January 2018
The next step is to successfully complete a 5 1/2 day BS (Bereavement Support) course. This course is run by Cruse and is held at our Cheltenham office over a series of Mondays.The next course will be held on 19th February, 5th & 19th March and 16th & 23rd April 2018 with a further half day on Monday 30th April. Attendance for all these days is MANDATORY.
Closing date for all applications is 31st December 2017.
The course will also involve some private study and the putting together of a portfolio which will be reviewed by the training team. A fee of £250 is normally chargeable for the course; bursaries may be available to help with this fee. Having completed the course and portfolio, you will have a post-course interview and portfolios will be externally moderated by Cruse Bereavement Care and Ascentis (a separate fee of £40 is chargeable).
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 very high quality.
We also offer some continuous professional development (CPD) in the form of a full programme of interesting and stimulating training workshops throughout the year.
You will be also benefit from one hour’s personal supervision per month in your first 2 years and 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.
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.