Foundation Partner with Sue Ryder for Grief Kind Spaces

National healthcare and bereavement charity, Sue Ryder, is on the lookout for volunteers in Sheffield to come on board and assist with the launch of a new community initiative, based at Bramall Lane, offering vital support to local people experiencing grief. 

Following the successful launch of Sue Ryder Grief Kind Spaces in other parts of the country, the Community Foundation is teaming up with the charity, which supports people through the most difficult times of their lives, whether that’s a terminal illness or the death of a loved one, to launch a new weekly Grief Kind Space from Wednesday 29th May.

To get the initiative off the ground, the charity needs local volunteers who would be willing to listen and support people in their own communities who are grieving and need more support.

Sue Ryder’s Grief Kind Spaces will be free weekly drop-in sessions, run by trained volunteers who will provide a safe and supportive space for people who have experienced a bereavement to come together. Sue Ryder hopes the Grief Kind Spaces will go some way to reducing the isolation and loneliness experienced by people after somebody close to them has died.

Commenting on the need for volunteers to come forward and support the service, Sue Ryder’s Area Coordinator for Grief Kind Spaces, Yorkshire, Tracy Brierley said, “Almost every home in the UK has, or will experience the death of someone. Yet, our research tells us two out of three people who are grieving are still not getting the support they need.

“We spoke to 8,000 people who have been bereaved and many of them told us the support they really wanted was to meet and talk to others who had also been bereaved. That’s why we’re launching our Grief Kind Spaces.

“However, to open a Grief Kind Space here in Sheffield we need local residents to volunteer with us.  All volunteers joining us will be offered training which will equip them in their role.

“If you are interested in joining us in bringing Grief Kind Spaces to Sheffield, please get in touch. You don’t need to have experience or have done anything like this before – just have a willingness to support others.”

Also commenting on plans for the new bereavement service, Beth Wragg, Health and Wellbeing Manager, Sheffield United Community Foundation said, “Harnessing the power of Sheffield United Football Club, Sheffield United Community Foundation delivers bespoke programmes that tackle inequalities and provide opportunities to improve people’s lives and develop communities across Sheffield. It is important for us to work with a variety of services, charities, education establishments and organisations across Sheffield that can provide the right support for people.

“Sue Ryder’s Grief Kind spaces will help to provide bereavement support in partnership with us and we are delighted that we can work with the charity to support everyone approaching the end of their life or living with grief.”

The Sue Ryder Grief Kind Space in Sheffield will be held at the Blades Family Hub on John Street and will be a community service offering a trusted, safe place for people in Sheffield to meet and talk about their bereavement.

To register your interest in becoming a Grief Kind volunteer in Sheffield please email GriefKindSpaces@sueryder.org, or visit sueryder.org/GKVolunteer

For anyone who is grieving, Sue Ryder offers free online support at sueryder.org/grief