Local support organisations

CHILDREN’S HOSPICES ACROSS SCOTLAND (CHAS)

Who we are: At CHAS, children and young people with palliative care needs and their families are offered the opportunity to be cared for, respected and nurtured as individuals in an environment which offers rest and recuperation from the demands of caring.

We support the whole family from referral to bereavement and beyond. The services we offer can be in one of our purpose built hospices, in the home or in hospital on a planned or emergency basis. Each of our hospices can accommodate up to eight babies, children and young people and their families.

What we offer: We offer care in our two children’s hospices and through the CHAS at Home service.

The Family Support Team

We believe that it is important to offer support in a variety of ways and are always pleased to hear what help families need. We can provide:

  • One to one individual support
  • Regular group meetings
  • Opportunities for siblings to come together and meet others sharing a similar experience
  • Information and support to other families or professionals working with bereaved families in the community
  • Annual “remembering days” for families to celebrate their child’s life
  • Pre and post bereavement support
  • Counselling
  • Leaflets to help children and young people cope with the complex feelings when their sibling has died

How to contact us: Tel: Rachel House 01577 865777, Robin House 01389 722055
Email: support@chas.org.uk   Website: www.chas.org.uk


SOBS Kirkcaldy

Who we are: SOBS Kirkcaldy Support Group is one in a network of national groups providing support to adults who have been bereaved by suicide. Volunteers come from all walks of life but nearly all have been affected by suicide themselves and this experience enables them to connect with others.

What we offer: We are a self help organisation and we aim to provide a safe, confidential environment in which people can share their experiences and feelings, so giving and gaining support from each other.  We also strive to improve public awareness and maintain contacts with many other statutory and voluntary organisations.

How to contact us: Tel: 07707 69 77 39   Email: help@sobskirkcaldy.org.uk
Website: sobskirkcaldy.org.uk


THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS (TCF)

Who we are: The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is a charitable organisation of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents dedicated to the support and care of other similarly bereaved family members who have suffered the death of a child or children of any age and from any cause.

What we offer: The Compassionate Friends offers many different kinds of support for bereaved families. Whatever the cause of your loss, wherever you are in the UK, and whatever your circumstances – we are here to help.

Many people who have suffered the loss of a child feel a bond with others in the same situation and wish to extend the hand of friendship. We offer support, both directly to bereaved families, and indirectly by fostering understanding and good practice amongst professionals concerned with child death and by increasing public awareness.

In TCF, “family” covers a broad spectrum of relationships. We aim to help any individual or family affected by the death of a child, including unmarried partners, adoptive parents, step families, same sex couples and single parent families.

TCF has no religious affiliation and offers support to bereaved families irrespective of the age of the child, cause of death, ethnic, social or political background.

We respect the privacy of all those who come to us for support and offer a confidential service.

How to contact us: Tel: 0345 123 2304   Email: helpline@tcf.org.uk
Website: www.tcf.org.uk