Cruse is the U.K.’s largest bereavement charity and in 2017 gave support to over half a million people. This is only possible with the help of volunteers and we always need more to meet the constant demand for our services.
Being a Bereavement Volunteer (BV) involves a number of different roles and activities. Most people join Cruse in order to provide bereavement support to adults, and/or children and young people, in a face-to-face situation; but you may prefer to help with fund-raising or to offer administrative support.
In order to work with bereaved clients, you don’t need to have any particular qualifications (such as being a qualified counsellor) or work (or other) experience. Following an initial informal interview, you will need to successfully complete the basic Cruse Bereavement Support Foundation Course (usually run in Nottingham); since this is standardised nationally, you may volunteer in the Nottinghamshire Area even if you’ve already trained in a different part of the U.K. In order to work with children and young people, you must have completed an additional ‘Elective’(or Module).
Cruse is an organisational member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and we are able to offer placements for trainee counsellors who need training hours. Like all other BVs, such trainees must also have completed the Foundation Course before starting client work.
Trained BVs are required to complete a minimum of 15 hours annually of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Each Branch offers its own in-house CPD training, but you can accrue the hours elsewhere and through any relevant means (such as attending other courses, and book research related to bereavement).
Being a BV is hugely rewarding as well as intellectually stimulating. It also provides an opportunity to work alongside like-minded people in a caring and compassionate community.
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If you are interested in volunteering for us, or would like to find our more then please get in touch through the Contact Us page.