People in Burntwood who are grieving after the loss of a loved one are now able to access support through a new initiative.

The Bereavement Help Point will launch on September 10. It has been organised by St Giles Hospice in partnership with Cruse South Staffordshire and St John’s Community Church.

The service will offer advice, information on emotional and practical support to people who have been bereaved.

St Giles Community Engagement manager Ian Leech said: “Losing a friend or family member can be incredibly difficult and our Help Points are a free, easily accessible drop in service that anyone can attend.

“There’s no need to register and it doesn’t matter what type of bereavement or when, just come along to the Help Point to find out more from our bereavement support volunteers.

“Our help points are open to everyone in Burntwood and surrounding areas and everyone is welcome.”

St Giles and its partners operate 12 Help Points across the region.

“Our Bereavement Help Points provide free support for people who have lost someone and we are proud to say that people can get support within 48 hours if they need it,” Ian said.

“We see it as a safety net for the community. Sometimes it just takes the opportunity to speak to someone who can empathise and understand.

“We are incredibly proud that we are working in partnership to grow the help point network and we are now supporting almost 400 people a month.”

The service will be offered at St John’s Community Church, High Street, Chase Terrace from 2.30pm to 4.30pm each Monday, starting on September 10.

Matt Wallace, vicar at St John’s Community Church, said: “The existing network of Help Points across the region have proven to be an incredibly positive way for people to receive support, and our hope is that we’ll now be able to offer ongoing and much needed support for those in our local community who are living with the loss of a loved one.”

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