The English Schools’ FA is delighted to announce Grief Encounter as their Associate Charity for the 2019/20 season.
Grief Encounter support bereaved children and their families to help alleviate the pain caused by the death of someone close. Established in 2003, Grief Encounter is one of the UK’s leading bereaved child charities, providing free, pioneering services and support to bereaved children, young people and their families.
Having recently launched their new, confidential helpline, ‘grieftalk’, Grief Encounter have made huge steps in offering further support via the telephone, live chat and email services to children who may be struggling with the death of a loved one.
The English Schools’ FA feels the partnership between Grief Encounter and themselves is one that makes perfect sense. To be able to open lines of communication for children across England who may be struggling with bereavement issues is something that the ESFA feels passionately about and are keen to promote the partnership to member schools and associations.
Aside from the promotion of the nationwide, confidential helpline, ‘grieftalk’, the partnership between the two charities hopes to see the formation of classroom resources specifically designed to help to support teachers who may have little or no experience of dealing with bereaved children within a classroom environment. We hope that the delivery of these resources will help strengthen the messages of support portrayed by Grief Encounter and provide teaching staff with invaluable resources to equip them for related scenarios.
Richard Fogelman, Grief Encounter CEO comments, “Reaching bereaved children and young people in today’s society is notoriously difficult. With the opening of our new, nationwide and freephone helpline, GriefTalk, alongside our well established school support work, our hope is that the partnership with the ESFA, and their network of schools and volunteers across the UK, will help us promote open conversation with young people about grief. We are excited to be working alongside the ESFA and thank them for the opportunity to help more bereaved children, young people and their families.”
Andrea Chilton, ESFA CEO said, “We are very proud to be able to promote the wonderful work carried out by Grief Encounter via our network of schools and volunteers across England. The messaging and support provided by Grief Encounter is hugely insightful and we believe will be of great use to all of our Members. We are privileged to be able to spread the word about this wonderful charity and the support mechanisms they provide to young people – we hope that through this partnership we are able to help make a difference within children and young people’s lives when they need it most.”
Further information will be sent out regarding the work of Grief Encounter in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, you can find out more about them via their website. There is also a direct link to their page as well as contact details located on the homepage of the ESFA website.
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