Bereavement to Achievement Project Update

Project Update for 2014/2015

The take up of the Bereavement to Achievement Service by bereaved Black Minority Ethnic (BME) women has been extraordinary, well above our expectations. After its first year of delivery:

  • 265 bereaved BME women accessed the Bereavement Counselling service .
  • 260 showed an improvement in their emotional and physical wellbeing as result of accessing group and 1-1 counselling.
  • 113 went onto to improve their employability skills at the Centre , gaining accredited qualifications in IT, Textiles Manufacturing , Health & Safety , Food & Hygiene and ESOL.


Holistic therapies

Health and Wellbeing is a very important part of the healing process and has been very popular.

  • 168 clients accessed a range of holistic therapies including Indian head massage, reflexology and aromatherapy. Due to demand in this clients are allowed up to 3 free sessions; and are referred to a discounted private service.



Befriending has played an important part in supporting women through grief.

  • We recruited and trained 56 Volunteer befrienders, delivered 3 training sessions.
  • 35 women took up volunteering opportunities elsewhere and at the Centre including providing language support in to ESOL students, organizing events, administrative roles, childcare, and textiles training support.


Information Advice and Guidance (IAG)

To further help these women into work we provided a range of IAG services to 38 women, including CV preparation, job, search, interview skills, confidence building workshops, online job applications support. We are delighted that

  • 30 gained employment , including setting up their own business.