We told you in January that our gentlespaces initiative for bereavement support would be available via zoom. We are delighted to say that, with Lockdown measures easing, we are once again able to make gentlespaces available in the physical space.

Our research shows that there is a significant gap in provision across the city for this kind of support, which is clearly not confined to those who have experienced bereavement through Covid. In addressing this gap, we are building on the longstanding work of churches in conducting funerals and the experience of working with bereaved people which that entails. We have trained 30 volunteers with the help of the national bereavement support agency, Cruse, and with financial support from MK Community Foundation.

We have shared the revised information on the gentlespaces project with local GP Practices, Funeral Directors, Parish Councils, our colleagues on the Council of Faiths, our Hospital Chaplains, Willen Hospice, various local Charities, and local Churches including denominational, Independent and BAME. If a group you know would like to receive this information which includes a poster, the information leaflet and information to share on social media, please email missionpartnership@talktalk.net.

Information on gentlespaces can be found here. Please note that there are now two versions of the Advert Leaflet. One to view on screen and one that can be printed.