Directory of Support

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Local Support Organisations

The following local organisations may be able to offer support.

Citizens Advice Bureau
Address:The Bluecoat, Northgate St, Chester, CH1 2HQ
Tel: 03444 772121

Citizens Advice Bureau
Address: 1 Whitby Road, Ellesmere Port, CH65 8AA
Tel: 03444 772121

The Citizens Advice service helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice.

Cruse Bereavement Care – Wirral
Tel: 0151 645 6604

Cruse Bereavement Care – North Wales
Tel: 0844 5617856

Cruse Bereavement Care offers counselling, support and advice.

Macmillan Direct Volunteering Service
Tel: 07455 758717

Service offering practical and emotional support to anybody in Chester, Ellesmere Port and the surrounding area adjusting to the loss of a loved one, regardless of place or cause of death.

Macmillan Support & Information Manager
Address: Countess of Chester Hospital, Liverpool Road, Chester, CH2 1UL
Tel: 01244 364948

This service is to support patients or family members who are or have been affected by cancer.

The Samaritans
Address: 36 Upper Northgate St, Chester, CH1 4EF
Tel: 01244 377999 (local charges apply) or 116 123 (free and anonymous)

The Samaritans offer 24-hour telephone emotional and practical support, and face-to-face befriending during the day at local branches.

Widowed Friends
Tel: Andrea Beck on 07974 176224

Chester-based friendship and social group for widows, widowers and people bereaved of their partner, however long ago.

Widows & Widowers of Cheshire

Chester-based group for people who have lost a partner. No restriction on membership location – if you are willing to travel, you are welcome. Not a support group or bereavement group as such, and definitely not a dating site, just a group of people getting on with life and having a lot of fun and laughter together.

Family & Child Bereavement

Elsie Ever After
Twitter: @ElsieEverAfter

Cheshire-based organization supporting bereaved families.

The Sunstone Centre at Hope House Children’s Hospice
Tel: 0151 334 4626

Counselling services and support for local families bereaved of a child.

National Organisations

Age UK
Tel: 0800 169 6565

Provides information and advice to people over 50 on a variety of topics.

Bereavement Advice Centre
Tel: 0800 634 9494

Offer practical information and advice on the issues and procedures facing us after a death.

Cruse Bereavement Care
Tel: 0844 477 9400

Offers counselling, support and advice. A newsletter and extensive list of books and leaflets are published.

Lesbian & Gay Support

Charity offering advice and emotional support to people bereaved by the death of a same sex partner.

NHS Live Well
Web: NHS Coping with Bereavement

NHS page with information on bereavement.

Tel: 0845 4500 355

Practical and emotional support service to those bereaved and injured through road traffic accidents.

SAMM (Support After Murder & Manslaughter)
Tel: 0845 872 3440

Help through befriending for people who have suffered the loss of a child, relative or friend of any age as the result of murder or manslaughter. Contacts can be arranged through visits and letters or by telephone.

Tenovus Cancer Care
Tel: 0808 808 1010

Charity offering telephone support or online support plus monthly bereavement support group based in Wrexham

Terrence Higgins Trust
Tel: 0808 802 1221 (Monday-Friday, 10:00am – 8:00pm)

Practical and emotional support to anyone who has lost someone to HIV/AIDS

Widowed and Young

WAY is a peer-to-peer support group for men and women aged 50 or under when their partner died.

Family & Child Bereavement (National)

Care For The Family
Tel: 029 2081 0800

Organisation promoting family life, offers bereavement support to those widowed young and those bereaved of a child, as well as support and advice for those who are currently supporting a bereaved person.

Child Bereavement Charity
Tel: 0800 028 8840 (free from landlines)

Offering support to those who have been bereaved of a child, or to children facing bereavement.

Child Death Helpline
Tel: 0800 282 986

Helpline for anyone affected by the death of a child, in any circumstances, no matter how recently.

Childhood Bereavement Network
Tel: 0207 843 6309

Online directory of open access services for bereaved children.

Tel: 0800 1111

Confidential help and support for children and young people.

Hope Again
Tel: 0808 808 1677 (freephone)

Cruse’s website for children and young people.

Reuben’s Retreat

Charity in the process of developing a retreat for bereaved families. Other breaks are available through partner organisations while the retreat is being completed.

SANDS (Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Charity)
Tel: 020 7436 5881

Organisation supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby, either before, during or shortly after birth. Includes sections for fathers and those long-ago bereaved.

The Compassionate Friends
Tel: 0345 123 2304

Organisation of bereaved parents offering support and understanding after the death or a child of any age.

The Lullaby Trust
Tel: 0808 802 6868 (Mon-Fri 10:00am – 5:00pm, Sat/Sun/Bank Hols 6:00pm – 10:00pm)

Specialist support for bereaved families and anyone affected by a sudden infant death.

Winston’s Wish
Tel: 0845 2030405

Practical support and guidance to families and anyone concerned about a grieving child.

Meningitis Support

Meningitis Now
Tel: 0808 80 10 388

Charity offering information and support about Meningitis.

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Support

Motor Neurone Disease Association
Tel: 03457 626262

Organisation supporting those affected by MND.

Suicide Support

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
Tel: 0800 585858

Organisation dedicated to preventing male suicide.

Tel: 0800 068 4141

Charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.

SOBS (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide)
Tel: 0300 111 5065

Exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend.