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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 !

We currently do not have dates for our next Bereavement Support Course (one is just about to start and the closing date for applications has passed).

For your information, here are some are details of what will be involved in training to be a 1:1 bereavement support  volunteer, so if you are interested, watch this page for future dates:


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).We currently have no date set for the next induction event. 

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

3. Attend a pre-course interview. (TBC)

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 usually over a series of Mondays. We currently have not dates for our next courseTBC  Attendance for all these days is MANDATORY.

Closing date for all applications.

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 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 Ascentis (a separate fee of £40 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 very 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 benefit from one hour’s personal supervision per month in your first 12 months 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.

Volunteer Application Form

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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