Bolton Hospice claim Dying Matters Award

Bolton Hospice claim Dying Matters Award

  Published to Other News on Dec 03, 2018

Bolton Hospice hosted a very successful education course - Supporting Families and Children through Loss, Grief and Bereavement - during Dying Matters Awareness Week in May 2018 - aimed at staff in local schools and nurseries.

It was prompted by a local teacher’s observation that there was no specific funded training available for teachers on child bereavement.

The free course covered a range of issues including: having open conversations around death and dying, where children get information about death, stages of childhood development in relation to loss, grief and bereavement, expression of feelings and remembrance activities, self-care and also putting these strategies into practice in educational establishments.

The course enabled school staff to learn how they can support the children and families they work with during bereavement and also helped the hospice to improve the experience of children and families dealing with bereavement in Bolton and local areas.

Since the event, the hospice has delivered the course to a further three schools to other schools in the future. It plans to extend the course to other schools and has also secured funding to deliver a programme for bereaved children supported by Child Bereavement UK, kindly funded by Cash 4 Kids.

The judges from Hospice UK commented “Among a very strong field, the Bolton Hospice initiative to support Children and Young People through bereavement stood out. There is clearly strong demand for such training, and the feedback shows that it will have a real and positive impact on the lives of bereaved young people in the area.”

Vicki Guest, Senior Educator form Bolton Hospice said “We are delighted that the work the hospice has been doing has been highlighted in such a positive way. There really is a need in this area for more training and support for those working with children and young people who are going through a bereavement and we endeavour to do whatever we can to provide that. Our future plans will definitely allow additional scope for us to make this service available for more and more people in this area.”

Commenting on the awards, Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of Hospice UK, said:

“Our awards celebrate the amazing people and innovative projects that have made such a big difference to the support provided by hospice and palliative care providers to people with life-limiting conditions. This year we have introduced several new awards which reflect Hospice UK’s aims of showcasing good practice and also our strategic goals. These include our work to encourage conversations about dying and grief through the Dying Matters campaign. We are deeply grateful to the National Garden Scheme for its longstanding support for our awards and, as our largest funder, for many other aspects of Hospice UK’s work.”

For more information about the education and training provided by Bolton Hospice please visit or follow them on social media.

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