Young Survivors can gain support from Winston’s Wish

Posted on June 30, 2016 | Category :Uncategorized | Comments Off

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COPS has partnered with Winston’s Wish to provide counselling support for families bereaved by the loss of their Police Officer.

The partnership means that all COPS families with children aged up to 18 will be able to access the full Winston’s Wish support programme, irrespective of the manner of the Police Officer’s death.

Winston’s Wish was established in 1992 and is the largest provider of childhood bereavement services in the UK.

The charity offers a wide range of practical support and guidance to bereaved children and young people aged up to 18, their families, professionals and anyone else concerned about them.

The aim of the support is to help children and young people bereaved of a significant relative build confidence and resilience in order to achieve their full potential. Winston’s Wish has special experience in providing support for children bereaved in traumatic circumstances. In particular, the charity is a national specialist provider of bereavement support for children bereaved through murder, manslaughter and service deaths.

Winston’s Wish will deliver a tailored service to families depending on their personal circumstances using a combination of the therapeutic interventions including:

* Face to face counselling support for children and families

* A helpline staffed by qualified Winston’s Wish practitioners to provide immediate advice to anyone concerned about a bereaved child

* Online advice and information available through the Winston’s Wish website

* Specialist publications and resources such as activity booklets and memory boxes

* A call back service to offer support at the best times for families

* In depth 1:1 work with individual children and young people

* Social therapeutic groups, supporting children and young people, with parallel groups for their parents

* Outward bound experiences for bereaved teenagers to help build confidence and resilience

Families can access the support in one of two ways – by contacting the COPS office, who will make a referral to Winston’s Wish, or by getting in touch with Winston’s Wish directly via the helpline on 08452 03 04 05. The helpline is open 9am to 5pm on weekdays and Wednesday evenings 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Both options are strictly confidential. There is no cost to families for accessing any of this support.

To download an information sheet visit the partnerships page on our website: http://www.ukcops.org/partnerships.php

Richard Kotulecki, Chief Executive of COPS, said: “The partnership we have agreed with Winston’s Wish means that we are able to offer families additional support following the death on duty of their Police Officer.

“The specialist work that Winston’s Wish does with children and young people helps them to build confidence and resilience to achieve their full potential. This partnership will complement the peer support events and services we provide directly, helping families to rebuild their lives.”

Fergus Crow, CEO of Winston’s Wish, added: “It’s an honour for us to partner with the Care of Police Survivors charity. We aim to provide support for children who have been bereaved when they need us and this partnership allows us to do just that for those bereaved through active police service. We look forward to working with COPS and to a successful partnership.”

Winston’s Wish helps children and young people rebuild their lives after the death of their mum, dad, brother or sister, enabling them to face the future with confidence and hope. Each year, Winston’s Wish supports more than 40,000 bereaved children and young people through an array of dedicated services.

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