The following is an update from Brian Corrigan, Area Manager - West Area, Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland.
"I have been tasked with contacting all agencies involved in bereavement support across the West of Scotland, to provide a bit of an update on our services and to explore any opportunity for future service development and partnership opportunities.
Since the initial Covid 19 lockdown in March this year our services have continued, without interruption. We moved our service delivery from ‘face to face’ counselling support to telephone counselling, and more recently to online counselling through the ‘Attend Anywhere’ platform.
We also gained some Scottish Government funding to launch a Benefits Take Up project back in April and have distributed over 1300 information packs to clients in the West of Scotland to date, with over 650 in the Glasgow area alone.
On the back of Covid-19 the numbers of people accessing bereavement support is anticipated to increase. Our volunteers are trained and prepared to support a whole range of client needs from Early Support to Bereavement Counselling and the provision of basic advice and information on the availability of benefits in the new Scottish Social Security benefits system.
We pride ourselves on being able to respond to every bereaved person anywhere in Scotland regardless of where they live and we are looking to ensure that we promote and distribute information on our services as widely as possible.
There is no client fee for our services, however as Scotland’s National Bereavement Counselling Charity we encourage affordable client contributions where possible"
To find out more about Cruse Bereavement Care, please visit their website.