Bereavement Support Volunteers

Bereavement support volunteers are needed to make home visits to offer support and advice to the recently bereaved. Volunteer visits at a mutually agreed time. Volunteers can be involved in group work, the helpline, and work with young people and children.

Time commitment is approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours per week, plus 2 hours per month supervision in Saffron Walden.

Volunteers must complete the Bereavement Support Foundation Course over 3 full days. There is further training, often this is the face-to-face elective which is a further 2 day course.

Applicants are interviewed and DBS checked.

Once accepted as a volunteer there are regular training sessions and supervision, which are free to volunteers. There is an opportunity to develop your skills to also be a supervisor with additional training.


The training is compulsory. No previous bereavement support experience is needed. Applicants will be asked if they have experienced a significant bereavement as this may affect your ability to support others.

An interest and openness to learn about others and one's self, a non-judgemental attitude, and an awareness of the need for confidentiality and commitment to the course are essential.

For the time being Volunteer training will be moving to online training however new people enquiring to volunteer are encouraged to train and join the Cruse National Helpline.


  • Accessibility
  • Data Protection policy
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 19/11/2019

End Date: 19/11/2020

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This opportunity is available in: Uttlesford

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