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Sue Ryder To Open New Grief Kind Space in Wokingham

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Residents in Berkshire will be able to access more free, informal peer-to-peer bereavement support when Sue Ryder launches its third Grief Kind Space in the county next week at Finchampstead Baptist Church in Wokingham.

Sue Ryder to open new Grief Kind Space in Wokingham

Grief Kind Spaces are weekly, in-person drop-in sessions held in the local community and run by trained volunteers. The sessions provide a safe, informal and supportive place for people to come together and share their experiences of grief, helping attendees to feel heard and less alone.

The opening of a new Grief Kind Space comes after the success of the other sessions already established in the county at Sheeplands Garden Centre, Hare Hatch in Reading and Thatcham Garden Centre Restaurant in Thatcham.

The new Grief Kind Space opens from 10am until midday on Wednesday 29 May at Finchampstead Baptist Church, Gorse Ride North, Finchampstead, Wokingham, RG40 4ES.

Carrie Connolly, Grief Kind Space Coordinator, is thrilled to be opening more Grief Kind Spaces in Berkshire. She said: “We have seen such an incredible impact from our Grief Kind Spaces in Thatcham and Reading, it is amazing to see people make connections and open up about their experiences of grief. 

“Quite often people feel like they are a burden speaking about their grief to friends or family, but our Grief Kind Spaces help remove that feeling, so people can talk, listen to others who might be experiencing the same as them, and gain support.

“I am delighted that we are able to offer this service to even more people as we open our Grief Kind Space in Wokingham, providing much needed support to anyone who is grieving.”

The charity hopes its new initiative will help reduce the isolation and loneliness felt by many people following a bereavement.

Carrie added, “Almost every home in the UK has, or will experience the loss of someone, but Sue Ryder’s research* has found that 86% of people who had been bereaved said they felt alone in their grief.

“Our Grief Kind Spaces in Wokingham, Reading and Thatcham offer a free, friendly in-person drop-in session providing a safe, welcoming and supportive place for anyone who has been bereaved to share their experiences of grief, helping them to feel heard and less alone.”

The Wokingham Grief Kind Space is held at Finchampstead Baptist Church, Gorse Ride North, Finchampstead, Wokingham, RG40 4ES, every Wednesday from 29 May at 10am-12pm.

The Reading Grief Kind Space is held at Sheeplands Garden Centre, Hare Hatch, London Road, Reading, RG10 9HW on Wednesdays at 10am-12pm.

The Thatcham Grief Kind Space is held at Thatcham Garden Centre Restaurant, Bath Road, Thatcham, RG18 3AN on Tuesdays at 10am-12pm.

There is no need to register, just pop along. 

To find out more about becoming a Grief Kind Space volunteer visit sueryder.org/GKVolunteer or email GriefKindSpaces@sueryder.org

For details of further Sue Ryder Grief Kind Spaces opening in 2024 visit www.sueryder.org/spaces  

Sue Ryder Grief Kind Spaces is not a counselling service. Anyone seeking more formal support can use Sue Ryder’s existing Online Bereavement Counselling Service and other support services.