Child Bereavement UK's first residential group for bereaved young people
A group of Child Bereavement UK’s Youth Ambassadors from our Saunderton, Milton Keynes, Runcorn and Newham bereavement services, met up for a two-day get-together in Buckinghamshire. It was an opportunity for the young people, who are part of our Young People’s Advisory Groups (YPAG), to meet their counterparts across the country. They were also visited by author, Mark Hughes-Jones, who invited them to test a few group activities for his upcoming publication and for them to give him the benefit of their expertise as bereaved young people and group members for his book.
Child Bereavement UK’s Youth Worker, Jackie Grant, said: “The YPAG residential has been a dream of mine for some time. It was an opportunity for the young people to get together to not feel so isolated in their communities. Both days were filled with testing the activities plus having fun and connecting with others. The young people’s feedback gave me a lot to think about how we can continue to build on the success of our groups. I thank them all so much for attending and being so generous with sharing their stories and ideas.”
Ally, (17) from Runcorn said: “YPAG has helped me as it is comforting to know you are not alone and you are with people who understand and get you. It allows you all to be like family.”