We have a very proactive advisory group, who, apart from being keen to collaborate on a resource dedicated to informing bereaved families and, indeed, professionals as to what services exist, are currently looking at strategy with some development session work and an NHS focused day.

We’ve trained professionals across all sectors, including specialist days, held and been invited to speak at conferences, provided consultation in schools, been part of a steering group to help the NHS create some learning animations around bereavement, collaborated with Education Services to produce templates of bereavement guidelines, for schools to develop and take ownership of.

We’ve linked with local MP’s and have recently set up our first Scotland Service in Maryhill, which has been welcomed warmly and which is taking steady referrals.

We look forward to continuing our work, continuing to forge strong bonds with our partners and together, grasping this opportunity to vastly improve the support people, in and around Glasgow, receive.

Other support organisations

ARC (Antenatal Results and Choices)

Who We Are: ARC is the only national charity helping parents and healthcare professionals through antenatal screening and its consequences and continuing that support to those parents who have made that difficult choice and have had the traumatic experience of terminating their pregnancy.

At ARC, we provide much-needed non-directive information and support to parents before, during and after antenatal screening; when they are told their baby has an anomaly; when they are making difficult decisions about continuing with or ending a pregnancy, and when they are coping with complex and painful issues after making a decision, including bereavement.

What We Offer:

  • A national helpline. Our helpline is answered by trained staff Monday to Friday, 10.00am-5.30pm. Parents and healthcare professionals can call 0845 077 2290 or 0207 713 7486 from a mobile.
  • A password protected, moderated Forum: a safe place for ARC parent members to make contact with others who have lost a baby following a prenatal diagnosis, in order to provide support and lessen the sense of isolation.
  • A Forum is also available for ARC’s healthcare professional members.
  • A volunteer Support Network: our Support Network is made up of trained parent volunteers who have themselves faced difficult decisions about the future of their pregnancy, giving them a unique insight into support newly bereaved parents.
  • A range of publications: ARC’s parents handbooks ‘Supporting you throughout your pregnancy’ and ‘A handbook to be given to parents when an anomaly is diagnosed’ describe some of the complex physical and emotional issues parents may face after a prenatal diagnosis. Booklets are also available for fathers, children and grandparents.

How to contact us: Tel: 0845 077 2290   Website: www.arc-uk.org


Who We Are: We offer bereavement support to those living in Glasgow City, East Dunbartonshire, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire, Inverclyde and Dumfries & Galloway. Our Area Admin office is in Glasgow City Centre, and we use the counselling rooms of The Spark in Waterloo Street Glasgow. We also provide bereavement support in other organisations premises throughout the other areas listed, by prior arrangement.

What We Offer: At present we offer bereavement support to adults only as unfortunately we do not have Volunteers, within West Area, who are trained to provide specialised support for children and young people.

How to contact us: Tel: 0845 600 2227   Email: west@crusescotland.org.uk
Website: www.crusescotland.org.uk


Who We Are: The Muslim Bereavement Support Service is a registered charity, founded in 2012 in London before expanding our service to Scotland in 2015. We are a non-profit organisation serving the Muslim community by supporting bereaved mothers and siblings.

We work with other organisations, the NHS and hospices in particular, to give a spiritual and cultural context to the bereavement support services they offer. Losing a loved one is an extremely painful experience and the range of feelings and emotions as well as physical reactions can be very confusing and further upsetting. For this reason we aim to help in any way we can during this difficult time. Our confidential service is provided by trained volunteers and is a befriending service.

What We Offer: We support bereaved mothers and siblings who have lost a child at any stage. We accept referrals from a broad range of sources including self-referrals, GP and hospice referrals and referrals made by mosques and community morgues. We offer telephone support Scotland-wide with some scope for face-to -face work in Glasgow City.

How to contact us: Tel: 07519 820 789   Email: glasgow@mbss.org.uk
Website: www.mbss.org.uk


Who We Are: Carers Teams and Projects across Glasgow provide support to carers of all ages. Each project has a dedicated young carers worker specifically to work with young people under 18. The role of the young carers worker is to try to reduce the young person’s caring role and provide them with support.

What We Offer: Carers Teams and Projects provide the following core services to all carers;

  • Information and advice
  • Emotional Support
  • Money Matters – income max
  • Short breaks – direct support to the cared for person to provide the carer with a break
  • Training
  • Having a voice

Anyone can make a referral for a young carer e.g. the young person, family, school, teacher, by contacting the Carers Team or Project.  Adult carers can self referral by completing a carers self assessment form, which they can request from a Carers Team or Project.

How to contact us: Tel: 0141 276 1066


Who We Are: Richmond’s Hope supports children and young people aged four to eighteen who have been bereaved. We use therapeutic play and specialised grief activities to help them understand how the death has impacted their lives. We focus on capturing memories, exploring/expressing feelings and gaining an understanding of these as well as supporting the child/young person to develop coping strategies for the future.

What We Offer:

  • Individual sessions for children and young people on a weekly basis (this can also include facilitating sessions with parents/carers)
  • Support for parents/carers of grieving children and young people
  • Telephone support and advice
  • Presentations/training to statutory and non-statutory organisations

How to contact us: Tel: 0141 230 6123   Email: glasgow@richmondshope.org.uk
Website: www.richmondshope.org.uk/index.php?page=glasgow


Who We Are: SANDS, the stillbirth and neonatal charity, is a well-established and widely respected UK charity that:

  • Supports anyone affected by the death of a baby
  • Works in partnership with health professionals to ensure that bereaved parents and families receive the best possible care
  • Promotes and funds research and changes in care that could help to reduce the loss of babies’ lives.

SANDS has a network of over 100 Groups around the UK, and 12 in Scotland. Groups offer support to anyone affected by the death of a baby and they work closely with their local hospitals to ensure the best possible care is provided and promote awareness and the work of Sands nationally.

What We Offer: Support is available in a variety of ways such as: Local Group Support Meetings; Telephone Befriending; UK Sands Helpline; UK Sands.

Bereaved parents/families can be referred in a number of ways: Self-refer; Referred by GP; Other Health Professional; Family member.

Befrienders are bereaved parents themselves, or have been closely affected by baby loss. The role is challenging and not for everyone. It requires the Befriender to be comfortable enough with their own grief that they can provide support to others.

How to contact us: Tel: 0203 598 1935   Email: ann.mcmurray@uk-sands.org
Website: www.uk-sands.org


Who We Are: The Trust is the only cot death charity in Scotland. The Trust is available to any family affected by the sudden, unexpected death of a baby or young child under 5 years of age.

What We Offer:

  • Support – Bespoke support services for all family members including parents, siblings and  grandparents. The support available includes home visiting bereavement support and on-going contact with the regional support worker for that area, counselling, befriending and play therapy for siblings. The Trust also provides family days to bring parents, siblings and grandparents together for peer support.
  • The Next Infant Support Programme (NISP) is available for parents and siblings affected by a cot death, who are having a baby. The service includes all the support offered above plus the loan of an apnoea monitor for 12 months after birth.
  • Funding Research – Funding research into the cause(s) of cot death.
  • Education and raising awareness – Providing free education to parents and professional across Scotland on ways to reduce the risks of cot death and to raise awareness of cot death. We strive to improve the multi-professional response when a baby or young child dies suddenly and unexpectedly so that families may be better supported.

How to contact us: Tel: 01413 573 946   Email: contact@scottishcotdeathtrust.org
Website: www.scottishcotdeathtrust.org


Who We Are: Seasons for Growth is a successful, well researched, peer support education programme that gives young people and adults the opportunity to learn that change, loss and grief are normal and valuable parts of life. The programme provides participants with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to understand and manage how death, separation or other significant loss events may impact on their lives.

What We Offer: The Scottish Government, from 2008–2016, has supported funding for the role of National Coordinator for Seasons for Growth. Over 40,000 children and young people have been through the programme across Scotland. All the individuals (teachers, chaplains, home link workers etc.) that facilitate Seasons for Growth have been specifically trained as Companions and must follow a Code of Ethics to become, and remain, accredited. Groups are run in school and community settings.

Seasons for Growth is available in age-appropriate booklets for primary and secondary pupils to work through with a facilitator (Companion) in small-group settings. There is also an Adult Programme and a Parent Programme to support parents in helping their children to manage change and loss.

Companion training is available across Scotland. Dates and further information is on the website.

How to contact us: Tel: 0141 339 2366   Email: jacqueline.mclachlan@notredamecentre.org.uk
Website: www.seasonsforgrowth.org.uk

SFAD (Scottish Families affected by Alcohol and Drugs)

Who We Are: SFAD offers a FREE and confidential support service to provide clients with listening and emotional support in the immediate period after the loss of a loved one due to a drug-related death.

What We Offer: If appropriate, we can arrange up to 6 face to face counselling sessions for the client in their local area. We can also give you information about local peer support groups to meet together with people who have experienced a similar loss.

Contact our Helpline 08080 101011 (free from landlines and mobiles) Monday to Friday 0900-1700 hours.  Out with these times you can leave a voicemail message and you will receive a call back from our Bereavement Support Team within 48 hours.  You can also email bereavement@sfad.org.uk. You will receive your initial telephone appointment from our Bereavement Co-ordinator within 5 working days of making contact with the Helpline.

We take referrals from any source Criteria: Living in Scotland, over 16 years old, bereaved through a drug related death within the last 3 years.

How to contact us: Tel: 08080 101011   Email: bereavement@sfad.org.uk
Website: www.sfad.org.uk