Activity day for young bereaved

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THE Grampian Child Bereavement Network (GCBN) is holding an activity day for children and young people who have been bereaved.

The theme of the day is ‘keeping memories safe’ and the aim is to provide an opportunity for children to come together to explore their experience, feelings and memories in a safe and supportive environment.

The event is being held at Garioch Sports Centre, Burghmuir Drive, on the afternoon of Saturday, May 26.

The network aims to assist children and young people to access appropriate support for bereavement within Grampian.

GCBN is a charitable organisation with a board of trustees made up of professionals from the health, education and social work sector, all of whom have undergone the necessary police checks to enable them to work and support young people.

GCBN is a dedicated resource with the expertise to refer on to local and national resources that can provide children with support, for example counselling, when they are bereaved and will provide a central point of referral for bereaved children.

The network aims to provide services either directly or though third party organisations that support children and young people who have experienced bereavement, to extend their understanding of death and to encourage sharing of thoughts, anxieties and emotions.

It is also the network’s aim to provide education, information and advice on ways of coping with bereavement, offering information and support to families and carers who are supporting those children.

GCBN believes that bereavement is a part of everyday life - that children and young people should be able to have their loss acknowledged and be able to grieve at their own pace.

To book a place at the activity day, call the network on (01224) 594099, or email gcbn@mhaberdeen.org.uk, no later than Monday, May 21

For further information about the service, their aims and their values, please visit their website at www.gcbn.org.uk.