In 2013 the Big Fund awarded Child Bereavement UK a Third Sector Early Intervention Fund Grant to improve bereavement support initiatives for children, young people and their families in four areas of Scotland, deemed areas of deprivation. We began our work in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow and then our funding was extended in 2015 to include West Lothian. This year we were delighted to receive further funding to help to enhance bereavement capacity in Ayrshire, Lanarkshire, Fife, The Highlands, Orkney and Shetland.
Our initial aims have been to bring together and build relationships with, health, social care, education and the voluntary sector, improve signposting, offer consultancy and form an Advisory/Network Group to further the reach of bereavement initiatives. There is a huge focus on education and awareness raising as well as capacity building.