Valuable work carried out in Forfar to help young children cope with a bereavement has been given a helping hand - thanks to the Forfar Roof Truss Company.
The latest £250 sponsorship cheque, presented by the company in conjunction with the Dispatch and Herald, was presented on Friday to the Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland Tayside Branch.
It currently has two trained supporters working in Forfar as volunteers, offering a free and confidential service. Referrals can be made by the young person, parents, G.P. nurse, school or social workers.
Linda Martin, one of the supporters, said: “The impact of bereavement on children and young people can be particularly acute and far reaching. Families can help but sometimes additional support is beneficial; Cruse volunteers are trained for this purpose.
“Many people are aware of Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland, the national charity that provides counselling for bereaved adults struggling emotionally after the death of someone important to them. What is not so well known is that Cruse has a Children and Young People’s Service.”
Weekly meetings are held in Forfar and are normally one-to-one, although some young children may prefer to have a close family member present for some or all of the session. There is no limit on the number of sessions.
Linda continued: “Using creative mediums such as toys/games, crayons/craft materials or doing exercises designed to focus on bereavement and loss, young people can express ‘hard’ subjects and emotions which the supporter can help them to work through. All supporters are volunteers, receiving training and professional support from Cruse.
“£250 would be a great boost to Forfar and would ensure the continuation of this valuable service with appropriate toys and materials.”