New chapter for charity that helps people through grief

HARD-WORKING Janet Hanneman, the present chairwoman, with Gill Cross, founder member of the Havant Bereavement Care Group, with the new banner
HARD-WORKING Janet Hanneman, the present chairwoman, with Gill Cross, founder member of the Havant Bereavement Care Group, with the new banner

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THE Bereavement Counselling Charity, formerly the Havant Bereavement Care Group, held their Annual General Meeting where Gill Cross gave a talk about how Havant Bereavement began in 1989.

Gill was a founder member of Havant Bereavement and was on the committee when the charity was recognised for its work by being presented with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for Voluntary Services, held in Havant council chambers.

Janet Hanneman, the present chairwoman since July 2012, told the members about her experience of her first year in the chair and the positive changes that have been made during this insecure time for charities.

The Bereavement Counselling Charity works with children, young people and adults, and the volunteer counsellors take part in specific bereavement counselling training to support their work.

All the counsellors are trained to diploma qualification level recognised by the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, and undergo monthly supervision with qualified supervisors.

At present the charity has a team of about 30 counsellors working with bereaved people of all ages.

Bereaved adults can be seen in their own homes, whereas the children and young people usually meet as an age appropriate group, with the parents or carers who bring them also having a time of support.

Fundraising events include a coffee morning at Winton House Pop-In Café, Petersfield on Saturday, March 30 from 10am to 2pm.

Contact us on 07827 491902 for the adult group, 07827 492158 for the children’s group or admin@bereavementcharity.org.uk