Gloucestershire charity invites young people to share experience
By Sarah Wood
Youth bereavement charity, Winston's Wish, is calling out to bereaved 13-25-year-olds to help it do better at supporting their age group.
One in 20 children are bereaved of a parent by the age of 16. This easily accessible figure exists because there have been services available to support grieving children for the last 30 years.
The number of young people bereaved of a parent or somebody important between the ages of 13 and 25 is much harder to find, but this lack of representation is about to change.
Whilst continuing to support children as it has successfully done for the last 30 years, Gloucestershire-based Winston's Wish is now focused on reaching those young people who haven't found bereavement support available or relevant to them.
The charity's new mission is to portray the grief of young people as it's seen by them, through their language, expression and experience.
Winston's Wish has plenty of experience in supporting young people who've experienced the death of somebody important, but they're not the experts in what young people want to see or hear or where they want to go to find the help - young grieving people are!
Winston's Wish said: "Instead of deciding what's best for them, we're ready to create the future with them. We'll create support in the way they want support and appear in the places they look for it."
If you know of a young person aged 13 to 25 with experience of grief, the charity would like them to be involved. Winston's Wish wants to hear experiences, thoughts and ideas to change the lives of young grieving people for the better.
The charity has various ways to get involved from a simple questionnaire, contributing content for the social channels via the role of an ambassador or becoming part of the charity's important decision making by taking a seat on the youth advisory board.
Head to winstonswish.org for the questionnaire and application form for young people to get involved in shaping the future of Winston's Wish.
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