Winchester Bereavement Supports recruits more volunteers ahead of next training course

A CHARITY is recruiting more volunteers to undergo training and join the team helping people cope with the death of a loved one.

Winchester Bereavement Support (WBS) is planning its next training course and recruiting more bereavement visitors to meet the demand for the service. WBS has been supporting bereaved people in Winchester and surrounding areas for 40 years, with free face-to-face visits, email and phone calls depending on client preference.

In addition to DBS checks and the presence of a supervisor, all Visitors in Mourning undergo comprehensive training, to best support their clients. Classes are held approximately every two years, with the next taking place on Monday evenings from October 2022 to January 2023 in the center of Winchester.

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The course was designed by experienced trainers who have been volunteering with the association for a long time. Many of today’s bereaved visitors have dealt with traumatic losses themselves and use their experience to connect with others.

The association is now looking for empathetic people, with good listening skills and few hours to devote each month.

The charity’s mission statement reads: “To meet a client’s need for acceptance of grief, to remember the dead with sadness rather than pain, and to regain an interest in life. ”

One client said, “I’m not sure it will be entirely possible to adequately put into words how much the grief visitor helped me talk through the grieving process. They helped me develop a resilience that I never thought possible.

Grieving visitors who trained on the most recent course commented on their experience.

Tessa said: “A very good course, interactive and informative. Friendly, encouraging and well presented. An excellent preparation to become a visitor.

Judith said: “A fascinating, extremely well run course with a wide variety of subjects and teaching methods.”

Ann said: “I enjoyed the course and found it excellent. I feel well prepared for bereavement visits.

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At the end of the training, new bereavement visitors will be supported by a supervisor, who is a trained counselor and volunteer with the charity. Training events and conferences are held as well as a regular social group where visitors can hang out.

As a voluntary organisation, funds raised for the association will help subsidize the course for those interested in becoming a bereavement visitor. Committee member Rosemarie Humpage said: “We are celebrating our 40th anniversary this year and hope to be here for many more years. Every two years we run a training course and hopefully this year we will attract enough people to do it. it’s viable.”

The next course will start on Monday 10th October from 7.15pm to 9.30pm, in the center of Winchester and will run until January 2023, with a break for Christmas. The course will run in two parts, before and after Christmas, with the final section focusing on the specific role of a grieving visitor and the work of WBS.

For more information, contact the WBS Secretariat at [email protected] or call 01962 620010.

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