Community Bereaved Teens Support
About the charity
Penhaligon’s Friends is a Cornish charity, supporting bereaved children, young people and their families in Cornwall, through a variety of services and groups.
How the £10,000 grant will help
With a grant from Ecclesiastical, our project will offer community-based groups and activities in Cornwall for bereaved young people aged 11 to 18, allowing them to connect. This will be an extension of our current 5-week grief programme where young people take part in therapeutic activities in a small group to help them make sense of their loss.
Through local community groups, we will provide ongoing support for those who have completed initial grief support, allowing them to stay connected with each other and meet others with a shared experience. In addition, we will offer regular social activity days, which may offer opportunities that many of our young people would not otherwise have access to. We anticipate that we will be able to engage around 50 young people throughout the year.
Continuing support is important as young people navigate their grief journey and develop coping strategies to support their overall well-being and learning. This community support will reduce the sense of isolation and loneliness, which has also been compounded by the pandemic. Activities will also aim to promote a sense of fun and give permission to find enjoyment in things again.
I was so delighted to get a call telling us that we had been successful with our Movement for Good application. It has been such a tough time for our charity, but we kept on adapting through the pandemic, staying open and accessible. As a small charity with a largely volunteer workforce we have had to be creative and resourceful, so this award is fantastic news for us! The funding will play a big part in our forward planning, enabling us to grow our service to meet the needs of our community.