Volunteer befriender service set up for bereaved Newham residents

The first volunteer “befriending service” for people grieving after the death of a loved one has been launched in Newham.

The Newham Bereavement Service offers anyone over 18, who has recently lost a relative or friend, the chance to receive visits from trained befrienders, who will provide emotional and practical support.

Sessions are also being held at various venues across the borough for people who would prefer to meet in a group setting.

The service is being run by Hackney-based St Joseph’s Hospice, which is working with Newham Psychological Services and City and East London Bereavement Service.

Lourdes Colclough, St Joseph’s community development manager, said: “Losing a family member or friend is one of the most difficult events anyone has to cope with.

“This is part of our broader commitment to develop a community involvement in the care of patients at the end of life, and their family and friends.”

For more information about accessing the service, or becoming a volunteer, contact Lourdes Colclough on 020 7540 0277 or email l.colclough@stjh.org.uk.