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.
A new education resource has been put together by Strathcarron Hospice, the Universities of Strathclyde and Edinburgh and St Francis Xavier’s RC Primary School, Falkirk.
The Resilience Project: Educating and Supporting Children around Death, Dying and Bereavement consists of five lessons covering the subjects of death, loss and grief. The lessons are aimed at pupils in Primary Six or Seven (aged nine to 12 years) and address experiences and outcomes across Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence. It was designed in response to children’s questions about death and bereavement and aims to ensure that all children have access to education about death and grief as a normal part of the lifecycle.