What does the Bereavement Service offer?

The service has been set up for young people and their families who have specifically experienced bereavement and are identified as needing extra support. The service is set up within the iThrive framework to ensure young people get the right support at the right time and offers different levels of support depending on what the young person needs.

We offer:

Advice and Signposting

We can provide information regarding bereavement and the grief process to young people, families and other professionals such as teachers and social workers. We can signpost to resources that can facilitate conversations and ongoing work around bereavement and the death of a loved one.

Listening Service

We offer a safe and supportive space for young people to talk about their experience of bereavement and explore their feelings and struggles surrounding this, without the fear of judgement. We can support young people to understand their grief, find their own way forward and make positive choices.

Low Level Therapeutic Sessions

This involves using resources and activities to work through difficult emotions surrounding a bereavement – usually offered in conjunction with the listening service.

Counselling Service (Provided by Fortalice)

A trained counsellor can help you understand yourself and others better by exploring complicated feelings and recognising both negative and positive patterns in the way people think or act. Counselling can help to facilitate change and growth. If we feel a young person may benefit from this we would refer them on to Fortalice.

The service is for young people aged 8-18 who live in Bolton. It is for any young person that has experienced bereavement and would like and benefit from some extra support. If you would like some information about bereavement and the experience of grief please email – thrive@blgc.co.uk


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How to make a referral?

Email us for more information about our service, or to make a referral please complete the attached referral form here – Bereavement Service Referral Form

Ensure you have spoken to the young person and gained consent to work with them in an open and transparent way.

Please return the completed referral form to thrive@blgc.co.uk

What happens next?

When a referral has been made, the team will be in touch to discuss the referral in further detail then the best plan of support will be agreed for that young person going forward.


Links to digital online bereavement support

https://www.kooth.com/  –  online support for young people aged 11-26. Anonymous and free service. Online counselling offered through instant chat messaging.

Chat Health – NHS text messaging service  for young people (0-18 years) and parents with quick and easy access to confidential health advice from a specialist nurse.

Parents can text a specialist nurse on 07507 331751 with any questions health related.

There is also a dedicated number for young people aged between 11-19 years old. They can text a specialist nurse on 07507 331753 for support.

Shout is a 24/7 UK crisis text service available for times when people feel they need immediate support.

The service is for anyone who is in crisis (all ages)

By texting ‘SHOUT’ to ‘85258’ a texter will be put in touch with a trained Crisis Volunteer (CV) who will chat to them using trained techniques via text. The service is designed to help individuals to think more clearly and to take their next steps to feel better.

Headspace Bolton – Provides a forum at the Octagon Theatre where people with mental health difficulties can creatively express themselves in the arts (drama, music, comedy, film Email headspacebolton@hotmail.co.uk to find out more


What else is currently on offer for young people who need bereavement support?

The National Bereavement Charities all have dedicated helplines or and emails should a young person or family wish to seek some dedicated bereavement support – these can also be used by professionals who are looking for bespoke advice on how to support a particular Bolton family.

Both Winstons wish – https://www.winstonswish.org/online-chat/ and Grieftalk – https://www.griefencounter.org.uk/get-support/support-services/helpline/ have an online chat service for those that require support but don’t want to speak on the phone.

There is also a range of services that children and young people can access including Kooth, ChatHealth and the Parallel.