Jeremiah’s Journey is a Plymouth charity that offers support and information to children and their families who have experienced or are anticipating the death of someone special. Over the last year they have seen nearly 200 children and their families and are the only service in the city that offers this level of support.
The main part of their service is to run a short term therapeutic group programme for bereaved children, young people and their parents or carers. The group sessions use creative activities to enable the children and young people to express their feelings of grief; share their memories of their deceased loved one; and explore ways of coping. At the end of the programme they take all of the families on a trip to an adventure park where they can have lots of fun together.
Recently they have developed the part of their service that offers help to young people who have a parent who is terminally ill. They now run a therapeutic group for these young people; this has been used in national consultations as it is one of the first of its kind in the UK.
Through their recent awareness raising campaigns they have produced a resource to be used in every school in Plymouth; through this they are continuing to build our profile within the public sector.
Jeremiah’s Journey receives no funding from public bodies and generates all their income from local fundraising activity – you could change a bereaved child’s life:
- £225 will fund a place for one bereaved child on their group programme and provide individual or family support from a member of the clinical team
Jeremiah’s Journey can be found online at:
- Website: http://www.jeremiahsjourney.org.uk
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=32503870979