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Alder Centre

The Alder Centre provides services for anyone affected by the death of a child of any age (ranging from miscarriage to adult children) and for any reason, including stillbirth, termination, accidental, violent or suicidal death and death following acute or chronic illness. The Centre also offers training for Health Care Professionals.

The Alder Centre works in a way that is based on including all and recognising individual differences. Some people prefer the comfort and guidance of other bereaved parents and others that of qualified and trained professionals. The Centre provides both types of support.

The service works directly with bereaved parents and also extended family members and professionals who have been involved in the child's life.

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust
Eaton Road
L12 2AP

Tel: 0151 252 5391

(The Alder Centre Helpline established at the Alder Centre, Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust and the Child Death Helpline established at Great Ormond Street Hospital were brought together in the setting up of the national freephone Child Death Helpline and website - 0800 282 986.)

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Bereaved Families Support Group

The Bereaved Families support group was set up by a group of bereaved families who had lost loved ones serving in the Armed Forces. We recognized that the death of a family member changes everything. We all cope with loss in our own way, but sometimes it helps to share your feelings with someone who has been through a similar experience.

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Beacon Counselling

Beacon Counselling is a voluntary organisation with a registered charity status, to provide counselling to people in the Stockport area. Beacon provides counselling to adults and young people, with services for adults from 4 venues in Stockport and through service to young people from 10 schools in the area, through Beacon 2 our service for young people outside of the school system.

No charge for counselling sessions although a donation is requested. You must call to make appointments - 0161 440 0055

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Calderdale Help In Bereavement Service

CHiBS is a free, confidential service giving emotional support to anyone who has suffered a bereavement. One-to-one befriending. Support is offered on a one-to-one basis in your own home or at a mutually agreed venue, if preferred. CHiBS has specially trained befrienders to help children through the grieving process. All staff are fully trained and have enhanced CRB checks.

Telephone: 0845 0099 220


Cruse Bereavement

Tel: 07071 780761
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Tel: 0161 236 8103

Preston & Blackburn
Tel: 01772 686668

East Lancashire
Tel: 01772 433645

Tel: 0151 609 0160

Gaddum Centre Bereavement Service

Here to support you following a bereavement, we can provide:

~ A confidential one to one relationship.

~ An opportunity for you to explore your thoughts and feelings without being judged.

~ A process that will help you manage your loss in a way that feels best for you.

~ Providing therapy for those that need it.

Sessions last about an hour, are free and we can see you in our Rochdales base or in your own home.

Globe House
Moss Bridge Road
OL16 5EB

Contact Jet Haigh direct on 07442 491 622 or 010706 714544 or email

Let's Talk Partnership
Area serviced:Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale residents

The 'Let's Talk" partnership is a partnership of seven organisations in the Rochdale, Heywood & Middleton area, supported by NHS Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group's social investment fund. The groups" seven partners have committed to improving access to counsellors and other trained staff to residents of Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale.

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Sure Start Counselling Service

Tydlesley Town Hall
Elliott Street
M29 8EH

Tel: 01942 828746

The Sure Start Counselling Service is free, confidential and available to parents/carers of a child under five years and parents to be. They offer family and couple counselling and group work. The type of counselling they offer is 'person-centred'. This means that the counsellor will listen to you, try to help you to understand your feelings, make sense of what is happening and try to find ways of making changes. Counsellors don't normally give advice or tell you what to do. The aim is to help you sort things out for yourself, because you are the person who knows the most about yourself and your own needs and so will know more about what will and will not work.

Surestart North Halifax

The Counselling Department
Calderdale Business Park
Club Lane

Tel: 01422 250081

Age range: All ages

Counselling for a range of problems, i.e. Bereavement, Loss, Abortion, Stress, Anxiety, Post Natal Depression, Anger Management, Assertiveness, Confidence Building, Depression, Relationship Issues, Domestic Violence, Self Esteem and Family issues. A safe confidential space is offered to explore anything that concerns you, in private. This is a free and confidential service by appointment only. Available at various Children's Centres throughout Calderdale.

Sure Start Counselling Service Burnley

Offers free counselling service to anyone living in the Burnley area (priority to Southwest Burnley residents). The service is provided by qualified and trainee counsellors who receive regular and professional supervision.

21 Tay Street

Tel: 01282 832249

The Bluebell Foundation

Provides support and information to individuals and families in South Cumbria and Millom who are suffering the emotional distress arising from infertility, the illness of a child, the anticipation of death of an unborn child, bereavement by death of a baby, infant or child.

The foundation was formed in 2007 by a group of people who have been through a similar or the same experiences. They felt setting up this charity would help people through such a traumatic time, and help them talk to other people who have suffered a similar loss.

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The Liverpool Bereavement Service

The organisation was founded in May 1998 and is currently funded by Central Liverpool Primary Care Trust. Liverpool Bereavement Service offers one to one counselling, group and social support free of charge. Provides a bereavement service for the entire community of Liverpool without exception.

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The Rainbow Trust

Many families find contact with people who knew their child and who can understand some of what they are going through can be genuinely helpful as they cope with the grieving process. We know that every family will cope with bereavement in a way that is right for them, therefore we aim to offer support that is flexible to individual needs and that reflects the culture and values of the individual.

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