Back in October we told you about gentlespaces, the network of bereavement support groups we are setting up across Milton Keynes. 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 are seeking further support for training another 20 volunteers from other local charitable foundations.
The pilot scheme was due to be launched last November but was paused due to lockdown restrictions.
We are delighted to say that we have now revised our offer to make it available via zoom until such time as we are able to meet physically with more consistency.
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, Hospital and Hospice Chaplaincies, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.